No Charges To Be Filed in Fatal Eastbrook Shooting



Ashley Crowley

ELLSWORTH — The Maine attorney general will not seek charges against an Eastbrook man who shot and killed another man during a botched robbery attempt at the Eastbrook man’s home.

After reviewing records from Maine State Police detectives, Assistant Attorney General Bill Stokes said Monday it was clear no charges could be brought.

“The conclusion is inescapable that the shooter here was acting in self-defense and in defense of his home when he used deadly force,” Stokes said. “It was self-defense and defense of premises, defense of a dwelling place.”

Nicholas Richards, 23, of Machias died after the homeowner shot him outside his Roaring Brook Road residence Dec. 12, the Maine State Police reported.

Richards and his girlfriend, Ashley Crowley, 24, of Beals had gone to the man’s residence to rob him of cash and drugs, according to police.

A Hancock County grand jury indicted Crowley last week on several charges, which include not only the alleged Eastbrook robbery but also one involving an elderly Brooklin woman and burglaries in the towns of Sedgwick and Lamoine.

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Jennifer Osborn

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