Winter Harbor man gets 30 months for assaulting co-defendant

ELLSWORTH — A Winter Harbor man acquitted last year of breaking into a Stonington apartment and assaulting the female tenant in an attempt to steal drugs will spend 30 months in prison for assaulting his co-defendant in the home invasion case.

Morris Young, 26, was sentenced in Hancock County Superior Court to four years in prison, with all but 30 months suspended, on a domestic assault charge. He additionally is to serve 20 months in prison for a probation revocation and six months on a bail violation charge, both of which are to be served concurrently with the domestic assault sentence.

Young assaulted Catherine Carton, 34, of Sedgwick in Blue Hill on April 23 after breaking into a residence, according to court records. One of his bail conditions was not to have contact with Carton.

Young and Carton were accused of entering the Stonington Manor apartment of a 60-year-old woman during the early morning of Feb. 9, 2012, to steal prescription drugs. The tenant was assaulted during the incident and suffered injuries requiring treatment at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital.

Young, in a September 2012 jury trial, was found not guilty. Carton, who had been charged with robbery, burglary, aggravated criminal trespass, assault, theft and violating the conditions of her release, pleaded guilty to the criminal trespass charge and sentenced in April to two years in prison, with all but 104 days suspended and two years probation.

Young’s attorney, Robert Van Horn, submitted a report by social worker James Boyle to the court prior to the sentencing. In that report, Boyle characterizes Young as a “bright young man” who writes essays, poetry and has a novel in progress. Boyle maintained Young has taken responsibility for his drug use, which began at age 14. As a youth, Young suffered abuse, which included being shot at by his stepfather, Boyle wrote.

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander