July 24, 2013

Terrorizing charges dropped in Farmington case

By Kaitlin Schroeder kschroeder@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

FARMINGTON — The Franklin County District Attorney’s office has dropped and changed charges against three people originally accused of terrorizing last week.

Assistant District Attorney Jim Andrews said the terrorizing charges were dropped because of a lack of evidence.

Andrews said while police found the three near an apartment complex with baseball bats, it was unclear whether the apartment tenants were present and whether they were actually terrorized.

The charge was dropped against Britney Whitney, 20, of Farmington.

The terrorizing charge against Shawn Burnell, 20, of Phillips, and David Shanley, 25, of Farmington, was amended to criminal trespass, which is a class E crime.

Andrews said the charges were amended because Burnell and Shanley had been previously told by police to not go to the apartment complex, after a previous altercation with the same tenants.

Police arrested the trio July 17 at Sunny Hill Apartments on Fairbanks Road after they received reports that three people were there with a baseball bat and sticks, according to Franklin County court documents.

The confrontation was the latest development in an ongoing fight among the three and tenants at Sunny Hill Apartments.

Police found the three people at the apartment complex carrying baseball bats, according to an affidavit by Farmington Police Officer Ryan Wagner.

Wagner said tenants told police they were fearful for their lives.

Shanley posted a $250 bail and Burnell posted a $500 bail at the Franklin County Detention Center.

Kaitlin Schroeder— 861-9252

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