PARIS – Maine proceedings against a Florida man charged with violating parole on several felony charges were dropped Thursday after he was returned to the Sunshine State.

Troy Carroll Vaughan, 39, of Fort Lauderdale, was scheduled to appear in South Paris District Court, but the state dismissed the matter after Vaughan was picked up by Florida authorities.

Vaughan was convicted in 1992 of two counts each of attempted first degree murder with a firearm, robbery with a firearm, kidnapping, and one count each of armed burglary of a dwelling and aggravated battery. He was sentenced to serve 30 years in prison and paroled in October 2007.

Vaughan was arrested in January in Brownfield after he allegedly left the state without notifying his parole officer. He did not waive extradition back to Florida.

In a letter to the court, Vaughan said he was arrested without cause in a traffic stop where he was a passenger. He contested a condition of the extradition which would have released the arresting officers from any culpability.

Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida asked Gov. John Baldacci of Maine to return Vaughan in a governor’s warrant issued in February.

According to the online archives of the Palm Beach Post, Vaughan was one of three men charged with breaking into a home in Port St. Lucie in February 1991, attacking a 43-year-old woman and her boyfriend, raping the woman, tying the couple up, and stealing their two vehicles.

Clyde Abney, now 39, was convicted of two counts of attempted second degree murder and eight other counts related to the incident and is serving a sentence of life in prison plus 129 years. John David Ponder, now 41, was convicted of two counts of attempted first degree murder, armed sexual battery with force, and eight other counts and is serving life in prison without parole.

Vaughan was also serving a concurrent five-year sentence for unrelated charges of dealing in stolen property, burglary of a conveyance, grand theft, battery on a law enforcement officer, and possession of a short barrel shotgun.


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