SKOWHEGAN — A man who robbed a Waterville bank and Fairfield convenience store last year will serve six years in prison as part of a plea agreement.

Isaac Howard Sterling Courtesy photo

Isaac H. Sterling, 24, has begun serving a sentence of six years in state prison for one Class B count of robbery, which is to be followed by three years of probation for another Class B count of robbery, court records show. The second count of robbery also carries a six-year prison sentence, but all of it is suspended in lieu of the three years of probation.

Sterling was also sentenced to a total of 150 days in county jail for three Class E counts of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and two Class E counts of violating condition of release, according to court records. That part of the sentence is to be served concurrently with the six years in state prison.

In addition to the prison sentence, Sterling was ordered to pay $176 in restitution to the Circle K store that he robbed in Fairfield and $485 to the Bangor Savings Bank he robbed in Waterville.

Sterling entered the guilty plea April 10 in Somerset County Unified Criminal Court.

Police identified Sterling as transient at the time of his arrest in November. Court records list his residence as a Bangor social services organization for homeless and at-risk youth.


Sterling was arrested in November after police identified him as the suspect in an Oct. 31 robbery of Bangor Savings Bank on Main Street in Waterville and a Nov. 1 robbery of Circle K on Norridgewock Road in Fairfield.

Police also arrested Trevor R. Miller, then 24, also identified as a transient. Sterling was identified as the person who entered the Waterville bank and Fairfield convenience store, and Miller was his getaway driver, Waterville’s police chief said at the time.

Sterling threatened to use force during the robberies, according to court records. Authorities at the time did not disclose how much cash Sterling took, and the amount is not listed in court records.

Sterling was subsequently indicted by a grand jury Feb. 8 on two counts of robbery and two counts of theft by unauthorized taking, court records show.

A Somerset County grand jury was permitted to act as a regional grand jury, since the robberies occurred in Kennebec and Somerset counties, according to court documents.

While out of jail on bail, Sterling was arrested March 22 in Hartland by the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office after his girlfriend reported that he stole some of her money to buy drugs, according to court records. That arrest led to additional charges of violating condition of release and theft by unauthorized taking or transfer.

Sterling is currently serving his prison sentence at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham, according to Department of Corrections online records.

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