Judge accepts plea agreements


PARIS — Justice Robert Clifford accepted several plea agreements Wednesday in Oxford County Superior Court.

Matthew Peavey, 18, of 80 Spiked Ridge Drive in Denmark and Richard Barden Jr., 23, of 51 Rocky Knoll Road in Denmark, each pleaded guilty to a single count of misdemeanor assault. Each plea dismissed a count of felony kidnapping.

Joshua Mullins, a man in his 20s from Conway, N.H., said Peavey and Barden were among four people who assaulted him in October, held him at gunpoint after forcing him into a car and followed him into New Hampshire when he went to pick up money to pay Barden.

Mullins said he was confronted after going to Barden’s residence to pick up a half-ounce of marijuana. Joseph M. Brown, 49, and Constance M. Brown, 38, both of Spiked Ridge Drive in Denmark, have been indicted on charges of criminal threatening, terrorizing and assault in the incident.

Peavey was given a 48-hour jail sentence with credit for time served, and a $500 fine. Barden was sentenced to serve 72 hours in jail and to pay a $300 fine.

In another case, Tyler J. Rioux, 19, of 112 Alpine St. in Norway pleaded guilty to hindering apprehension or prosecution and misdemeanor assault. The plea dismissed charges of escape, refusing to submit to arrest and violation of conditions of release. He was sentenced to serve 30 days of a 364-day sentence with one year of administrative release, during which he must not use or possess alcohol and must submit to random searches. He was also fined $300.

According to a report by officer Ron Cole of the Norway Police Department, Rioux obstructed Cole’s investigation into an assault on a 16-year-old girl in September by telling people to refuse to talk to him. Cole said he sustained minor injuries when Rioux pulled out of his shirt and backpack during his arrest and ran away.

In another plea agreement, Kenneth Porter Connell, 49, of 24 Tuelltown Road in West Paris pleaded guilty to misdemeanor attempted possession of Oxycodone. Connell was initially charged with felony attempted aggravated trafficking in Oxycodone by trying to buy the painkiller within 1,000 feet of a school or drug-free zone in Norway in May 2009. Connell was fined $400.

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