Teen pleads guilty in stabbing, to serve two years in prison

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AUBURN — A Lewiston teen was sentenced Friday to spend two years in prison and four years on probation in connection with a stabbing during a street fight last year.

Sidney Lord II, 19, of 2 Towle St. pleaded guilty in Androscoggin County Superior Court to a charge of elevated aggravated assault. He was sentenced to six years in prison with all but two years suspended.

Lord’s victim, James Adrien Cote, 35, of Shawmut Street, told a prosecutor that sentence was too light. Cote spent a week in the hospital and a month recuperating from a punctured lung. His medical bills totaled more than $27,000, said Assistant District Attorney Deborah Cashman.

Lord apologized to the judge.

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“I’m sorry for the victims. I’m sorry for the families. I’m sorry for the suffering we caused.”

Police said Lord, along with Clayton Chapman III, of 111 Horton St. and a juvenile fought with Cote and Michael Gallo, 23, at the corner of Shawmut and Walnut streets in October.

Both Cote and Gallo were hospitalized with stab wounds and admitted to the intensive care unit at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

Lord pleaded guilty to a Class A felony, punishable by up to 30 years on prison. Had the case gone to trial and Lord had been found guilty, Justice Thomas Delahanty II said the sentence “probably would be more.” Lord has prior convictions as a juvenile and as an adult, including an aggravated assault in 2008, Cashman said.

She said there were problems with the case, including witness availability and some conflicting testimony. Cote would have testified that Lord stabbed him, she said.

Lord said he believed a jury could have found him guilty had the case gone to trial, though he disagreed with some of the facts outlined in court Friday by Cashman.

Police said Gallo’s girlfriend Kirry Langlois, had dated Chapman and the two had a child. She had a protection-from-abuse order against Chapman at the time of the fight. Cote and Gallo left their home at 115 Shawmut St. to investigate a noise coming from the street to check on Langlois’ vehicle, a 2002 Ford Explorer, which was heavily damaged. Chapman, Lord and the juvenile ran from the scene. Cote and Gallo chased them. A fight ensued. Gallo was stabbed several times in the back and later underwent surgery.

Chapman, also was charged with two counts of elevated aggravated assault. His trial is scheduled for later this month.

Justice Delahanty ordered Lord to undergo counseling for anger management and psychological issues.

Lord also will be responsible for reimbursing Cote for his medical bills.

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