Standoff suspect sentenced to time served

ELLSWORTH — A judge sentenced a Bucksport man who threatened to use a bomb at his residence last fall to time served — seven months in the Hancock County Jail — during an Aug. 5 court hearing.

Justice Bruce C. Mallonee sentenced William Benjamin, 58, to seven months in jail, which Benjamin has already served while waiting for resolution to his case.

Benjamin pleaded no contest to three charges during the sentencing hearing: terrorizing with a dangerous weapon, reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and creating a police standoff.

In exchange, the Hancock County District Attorney’s Office dismissed four other counts, including two counts of attempting to cause a catastrophe, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and criminal use of explosives, according to court records.

Benjamin also was ordered to serve two years probation.

Assistant District Attorney Heather Staples said as part of his probation, Benjamin has a housing arrangement in Portland at a “PNMI” or “private non-medical institution.”

“Most of his probation conditions revolve around his commitment to staying with the PNMI, where he receives mental health treatment and support, along with supervision,” Staples said.

The incident in question occurred Oct. 31, 2018, when Bucksport police got a call from a local medical facility that a man was threatening to use “an explosive device” at his Route 1 residence.

Officers responded and evacuated several businesses and residences. The evacuation lasted about seven hours.

Police were able to speak with a woman at Benjamin’s home who advised that the man had discharged a firearm inside the residence. Officers were able to get the woman out of the home, but Benjamin remained inside threatening to detonate an explosive device, police said.

The negotiations took several hours and involved the Maine State Police and the state police tactical team.

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