Plea agreements reached for six in Paris courtroom


PARIS – The following cases were resolved through plea bargains Friday in Oxford County Superior Court, with Justice Robert E. Crowley presiding.

John Donahue, 48, of Rumford was sentenced to two months in the county jail after pleading guilty to having unlawful sexual contact with an 18-year-old woman. He will start his sentence Jan. 19.

Prosecutors said during court that they could not contact the victim to testify in court Friday.

According to court documents, he was initially charged with gross sexual assault. Prosecutors said he sexually assaulted an 18-year-old. The young woman had consented to sexual activity with him before, court officials said, but later refused it.

Donahue was arrested after an arrest warrant was issued July 7.

Since the conviction is a misdemeanor he will not have to register as a sex offender.

Joseph Cox, 21, of Bryant Pond will not go to prison for his guilty plea of trafficking heroin. He will go to a treatment center and then to a halfway house, Crowley ordered.

Cox was on probation for another offense, and during this time prosecutors said Cox sold heroin to an undercover officer.

Cox was given a four-year suspended sentence. Under the plea agreement, he will be held at the Oxford County Jail until a bed opens up at St. Francis treatment center in Auburn. He will also be on probation for three years.

Cox also admitted to violating his probation with the charges of assault and aggravated criminal trespassing. He will not get anymore jail time for this.

After the hearing, defense attorney Maurice Porter said he agreed with the sentence. Since Cox is young, this will give him a chance to get better, he added.

Cox, wearing blaze orange, handcuffs and shackles, was smiling most of the time as he sat waiting for trial.

Leroy Libby, 49, of Porter pleaded guilty to violating probation by unlawful furnishing a scheduled drug, Darvocet. He was sentenced to 14 months in prison, to be run concurrently with another case in York County.

According to court records, this offense occurred around April 11.

James Keene, 21, of Fryeburg will serve nine months and one day of a four-year sentence in the state Department of Corrections after pleading no contest to aggravated criminal trespassing, assault and aggravated criminal mischief, all felonies. His sentence begins Jan. 22.

He will also have to pay $250 to each of the four victims, and $10,443 to Union Mutual Fire Insurance upon release.

According to a police affidavit, Oxford County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Thomas C. Harriman was called to a Brownfield residence July 27 after a complaint that Keene and Ryan Brown, 24, of Fryeburg forced their way in and “demanded liquor, and money, which (a victim) did not provide.”

According to the affidavit, they threatened them, and caused damage inside the residence. Then the men took a set of car keys and proceeded to steal a car.

Later they approached a pickup truck, which police say they chased and later struck the driver with rocks, a chain and a log, causing facial injury.

A state police trooper with a trained dog was later able to catch up with the men and arrest them.

Brown was ordered to serve six months in jail on Jan. 4.

Aaron Rice, 20, of Bridgton pleaded guilty to burglary. If he pays a supervision fee and “stays out of trouble” for one year, the charge will be dismissed, Assistant District Attorney Joseph O’Connor said.

O’Connor said that the charges stemmed from a May 26 incident where a Waterford homeowner told police he saw Rice and another man pulling a bike out of his garage. The men ran, but State Police Trooper Adam Fillebrown later caught up with them. The two men were charged with burglary.

David Mayo, 32, of Peru pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cultivating marijuana. He will not have to serve jail time but will have to pay a fine.