PARIS — A Rumford man charged last month with hitting a man with a baseball bat was indicted Friday on a felony assault charge. 

James Calder, 30, was indicted by Oxford County grand jury on a charge of Class A aggravated assault in the March 12 attack of a Rumford man.

The charges were elevated due to prior convictions of domestic violence assault in the 8th District Court in Lewiston. The charge carries a maximum prison sentence of 30 years. 

In March, Rumford police said they arrested Calder after he attacked a man following a dispute over late payments for marijuana purchases.

According to a police affidavit, Calder and another man were driving down Waldo Street when they saw a third man. They got out of the car, confronted him and Calder hit him in the head with a bat, causing a large gash, according to a the affidavit. 

A witness in an apartment overlooking the street later told police he heard the fight, saw Calder returning to the vehicle afterward and that Calder, who is black, shouted he had been enraged by the use of a racial slur. 

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