Second Lewiston man in street fight sentenced


AUBURN — A second man charged in connection with a street fight that sent two men to the hospital with stab wounds last year was sentenced Monday in Androscoggin County Superior Court.

Clayton Chapman III, 20, of Lewiston was sentenced to two years in prison with all but 175 days suspended. He already served that time at Androscoggin County Jail and was expected to be released Monday.

He pleaded no contest Monday to a felony charge of reckless conduct and to a misdemeanor charge of violating a protection order.

Chapman also was sentenced to two years probation and was ordered to pay restitution of up to $2,000 to a former girlfriend, whose 2002 Ford Explorer he and an accomplice had reportedly vandalized.

Kirry Langlois, with whom Chapman has a child, had a protection-from-abuse order against Chapman the day the fight broke out in October at the corner of Shawmut and Walnut streets.

The two stabbing victims left their home at 115 Shawmut St. to investigate a loud noise coming from the street. James Adrien Cote, 35, is a relative of Langlois; Michael Gallo, 23, was Langlois’ boyfriend. Cote and Gallo discovered Langlois’ SUV had been heavily damaged. Chapman, Sidney Lord II, 19, also of Lewiston and a juvenile fled the scene. Cote and Gallo chased and caught up with them. During the ensuing fight, both Cote and Gallo were stabbed — Cote in the chest, Gallo in the back. Cote suffered a punctured lung.

Lord pleaded guilty Friday to a felony charge of elevated aggravated assault. He was sentenced to six years with all but two years suspended.

Cote, Lord’s stabbing victim, told a prosecutor his assailant’s sentence was too light. Cote told prosecutors he would identify Lord as the person who stabbed him.

But the two cases had problems, a prosecutor said, including witness availability and conflicting witness statements.

Conditions of Chapman’s probation include:

• No possession or use of alcohol or illegal drugs.

• No possession or use of firearms or dangerous weapons.

• Random search and testing for alcohol, illegal drugs and dangerous weapons.

• Alcohol abuse counseling.

Chapman was indicted last year by a grand jury on two counts of elevated aggravated assault, aggravated assault, violation of a correction order and criminal mischief. The four counts not included in his plea are expected to be dismissed.