Blue Hill man sentenced to probation

BLUE HILL — A man accused of holding three people at gunpoint in 2016 was sentenced on Dec. 28 to serve a year’s probation.

Ken Charles, 56, entered “nolo,” or no contest, pleas to threatening display of a weapon and impersonating a public servant — both misdemeanors — on Nov. 8.

A judge sentenced Charles to nine months in jail for the threatening display of a weapon charge and six months concurrent on the impersonating a public servant charge, all suspended.

Hancock County District Attorney Matt Foster dismissed kidnapping and a host of other felony charges against Charles last fall. Foster stated that the state’s case rested largely on a theory of guilt by association.

Police said Charles and another Blue Hill man, Brian Fowler, 36, had stopped three people who were traveling on property belonging to Charles’ father-in-law off Mother Bush Lane in Blue Hill on Sept. 29, 2016.

The pair allegedly told the three victims that they were “working with police” and that they were concerned that drugs were being sold on the road, Foster said at the time of a grand jury indictment.

Charles and Fowler searched the car of one victim and another was forced to kneel on the ground with a gun pointed at his head, according to police.

Fowler is a veteran whose case will likely be handled in Veterans Court in Augusta, Foster said.

Jennifer Osborn

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