AUGUSTA — Nearing the end of a prison term for robbing a Waterville inn, a former Skowhegan man was sentenced Thursday to an additional 18 months behind bars for assaulting two corrections officers at the Kennebec County jail.

Patrick E. Leblanc Jr., 22, had pleaded guilty March 20, 2018, to two counts of assault on an officer, and the case was postponed until Thursday for sentencing.

According to files at the Capital Judicial Center, Leblanc injured Alicia Quirk and Cody Brown Sept. 9, 2017, during a struggle when the two officers were attempting to move him from his cell to a different area. He was being held on the robbery charge at that time.

Later he was ordered to serve an initial 18 months for the March 17, 2017, early morning robbery at the Budget Host Airport Inn in Waterville. The remainder of the five-year sentence was suspended while he spends four years on probation.

In the robbery case, LeBlanc rang the night bell to be let in and asked the inn’s night manager if rooms were available and for a public restroom. After he was told no, authorities said Leblanc then let his co-defendant, Tylor Anthony Reece — who was wearing a sweatshirt with the hood up and carrying what appeared to be a semiautomatic handgun but actually was a black-and-silver BB gun — into the lobby.

Reece then went behind the counter and took $250 from the cash drawer.

A judge on Thursday ordered that probation to begin once Leblanc finishes the prison term for the assaults on the officers.

In a defense sentencing memo, attorney William Baghdoyan noted that Leblanc has spent much of his life in state custody and has an extensive juvenile record, including some assaults on officers in juvenile facilities.

Baghdoyan said Leblanc wants to move to Rhode Island to assist his ailing mother once his prison term is completed.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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