BANGOR, Maine (AP) – A Passadumkeag man is awaiting sentencing after pleading no contest to charges of gross sexual assault and burglary in a year-old case.

Thirty-nine-year-old Derwin “Tiger” Springer Jr. was accused of breaking into a neighbor’s home last Oct. 29 and raping the woman who lived there. The Bangor Daily News says he pleaded no contest Monday in Penobscot County Superior Court and is expected to be sentenced later this month or in early November.

In accepting Springer’s pleas, Justice John Nivison said a no contest plea results in a conviction just as a guilty plea would.

Defense attorney Jeffrey Silverstein told the News that Springer entered the no contest pleas because he had no recollection of the events when the crimes took place.

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