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Bangor Daily News
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The Bangor Daily News is a family-owned newspaper, with a daily circulation of 68,156 and a weekend circulation of 81,093. The current publisher is Richard J. Warren.
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ROCKLAND, Maine - A 43-year-old Cushing man with a "remarkable violent history" was sentenced to another 18 months behind bars following a two-hour, often emotional sentencing hearing Wednesday afternoon in Knox County Superior Court.
was sentenced by Justice Jeffrey Hjelm for felony domestic violence assault against a female friend last August outside his
The district attorney's office had sought a two-year prison sentence while the defense attorney asked that Hynd
be sentenced to the 70 days he
has already served pending the conclusion of the case.
Wednesday's hearing saw the victim of the most recent assault ask for leniency, saying she
still loved Hynd
and that she
had exaggerated what had happened last year.
Another woman who was the victim of a domestic aggravated assault for which Hynd was convicted in 2007 also testified Wednesday, urging the judge to give him a lengthy term, saying he had smashed a frying pan over her head, hit her over the head with a bottle, stabbed her hand with keys, and burned her with cigarettes during their relationship that led to the 2007 charge.
The Bangor Daily News
is not naming the women since each is considered the victim of a crime.
Hjelm allowed the victim in the previous case to testify at the sentencing hearing because Hynd
also was in court on a revocation of his
probation from that 2007 aggravated assault conviction in which he
received a 10-year sentence with all but 4½ years suspended.
The probation revocation and new felony domestic violence assault charge stems from an incident in August when Hynd
's friend told the Knox County Sheriff's Office
that Hynd just blew up for no reason, grabbed her
by the shirt while she
was in a vehicle, and pulled her
out, causing her
to fall to the ground.
Police reports filed after the incident stated that Hynd
grabbed the cellphone from her
was talking to the dispatcher and threw it on the floor.
The assault charge was elevated to felony level because of Hynd's
prior domestic violence assault convictions.
Justice Hjelm noted in his
sentencing decision that an aggravating factor was the eight prior assault convictions that included several felony ones.
"That's a remarkable violent history," Hjelm said.
surrendered to police a few months after the incident and after missing three consecutive monthly meetings with his
Family and friends attended the meeting to voice support for Hynd
His probation officer George Mele said Hynd had been adhering to probation until that incident.
Foster said there was no hitting or punching but that Hynd
acted impulsively and pulled the woman out of the vehicle.
The attorney also pointed out that while Hynd
served the time for that 2007 conviction, he
went through a program to deal with his
Hynd's brother, David, spoke and said while Jonathan
had a temper it was the result of a very difficult upbringing.
David Hynd also said Jonathan
has a work ethic that you seldom see anymore.
Fernald said that anger management programs have been shown not to work with domestic violence offenders and that Hynd
needed individual counseling to deal with his violent behavior.
, often choking back tears, said he
was trying to put the past behind him.
"I know in my heart I am a good person," he