AUBURN — Two Lewiston men were each charged with two counts of elevated aggravated assault Wednesday in connection with the stabbing of two men during a fight in October.

An Androscoggin County grand jury handed up indictments on Clayton Chapman III, 20, of 111 Horton St. and Sidney P. Lord II, 19, of 2 Towle St. for the Class A felonies, each count punishable by up to 30 years in prison. They also were charged with misdemeanors stemming from the alleged crime that occurred late on a Saturday night on Oct. 17.

Police said the fight was at the corner of Shawmut and Walnut streets. It
involved a knife and a 2-by-4 about 2½ feet long. All four men knew each other, police said. The indictment identifies the dangerous weapon used by each defendant against each victim as a knife causing serious bodily injury.

Michael Gallo, 23, and James Adrien Cote, 35, both of Shawmut Street, Lewiston were
hospitalized at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. Gallo was stabbed several times in the back, police said. Cote was stabbed in the chest and
suffered a punctured lung. Both men were admitted to the intensive care unit; Gallo underwent surgery, police said.

A hospital spokeswoman said Thursday the two men were no longer registered as patients.

Police arrested Chapman and Lord and a juvenile after the fight. The juvenile also was charged with elevated aggravated assault, police said.

Both men were being held Thursday at Androscoggin County Jail in lieu of bail. Chapman’s bail is set at $25,000 cash; for Lord, $20,000 cash and $40,000 surety, according to a jail admission spokeswoman.

Chapman also was indicted on one count of aggravated assault, a Class B felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, for allegedly injuring Gallo with a wooden board. He also was charged with violation of a protective order and criminal mischief, both misdemeanors.

Lord was indicted on two misdemeanors also, including violation of condition of release and criminal mischief.


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