Bail set in Bucksport fracas



James Utley

Dylan Fisher

ELLSWORTH — Two Bucksport men have been charged with felonies after a fracas that involved gun play at a Route 46 residence Tuesday night, according to prosecutors during a bail hearing at the Hancock County courthouse Wednesday.

Bucksport police arrested James Utley, 41, on a charge of aggravated assault. Utley is free on bail.

Utley is married to the mother of his co-defendant, Dylan Fisher, 19.

Police charged Fisher with domestic violence reckless conduct and endangering the welfare of a child.

The incident began, according to prosecutors, after Fisher had a party at the residence belonging to Utley and his mother.

Utley came out of the bedroom and asked the group to quiet down because he had to work in the morning, said Deputy District Attorney Toff Toffolon. Utley allegedly hit Fisher in the head with a baseball bat, the attorney said. Then, Fisher fired a gun in the house.

“The two warring men had been separated — that’s when Mr. Fisher went downstairs and the gun went off,” Toffolon said.

Assistant District Attorney Heather Staples asked for $5,000 cash bail for Fisher.

“We’re dealing with a gun being fired inside somebody’s home,” Staples said. “Many people were at risk because of his [Fisher’s] behavior.”

Those at risk included Fisher’s 6-day-old child, Staples said, thus the endangering the welfare of a child charge.

Attorney of the day Mary Kellett argued for lower bail, citing Fisher’s lack of a criminal record and full-time employment.

Judge Michael Roberts set Fisher’s bail at $1,500 cash. Fisher was still incarcerated Thursday.

“These are serious charges and significant conduct,” Roberts said. “These are felony offenses. Because of that cash bail is warranted.”

During a bail hearing later in the day, Roberts set Utley’s bail at $1,000 unsecured.

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

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