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A family-owned business now in its fourth generation of ownership, the BDN has produced Maine's newspaper of record, Bangor Daily News, for well over one hundred years. Established in 1889 by the great-grandfather of the current publisher, Richard J. Warren, t... more.
Jonathan Hynd 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. Jonathan Hynd was sentenced by Justice Jeffrey Hjelm for felony domestic violence assault against a female friend last August outside his home. 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 as she 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. Hynd surrendered to police a few months after the incident and after missing three consecutive monthly meetings with his probation officer. 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 anger. 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. Hynd, 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 said.