Connecticut man nets four months for assault, drug theft

By Juliette Laaka | May 19, 2014
Photo by: Knox County Jail David A. Williams Jr.

Rockland — A 24-year-old Connecticut man was sentenced to four months in jail May 15 for his role in a Union home invasion, where the resident was assaulted and robbed.

David A. Williams Jr. of Middletown, Conn., who had no previous criminal record, was convicted of aggravated assault, robbery, theft and stealing drugs in Knox County Superior Court.

He was sentenced to five years in prison with all but four months suspended for the August 2013 crime and is also ordered to abide by probation terms for four years.

The so-called mastermind of the plan, 40-year-old Paul Milardo of Cushing, also pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and burglary charges stemming from the home invasion and was sentenced Jan. 28 to four years in prison.

The state's case contended Milardo told police he went to a home on Common Road in Union to buy drugs, and when he found where the drugs and money were hidden, texted Williams to come to the home. Williams arrived, was let in the door by Milardo, and held a pellet gun to the victim's head while ordering him around the residence, according to court documents.

Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald said the victim had cuts and scrapes on his head, knees, elbows and back. He further stated the victim did not know the gun was a pellet gun.

The victim is prescribed "oxys," according to a police affidavit. More than 200 pills were taken from the apartment.

The victim told police Milardo was his friend.

Milardo and Williams fled and led police on a chase before they were stopped in Wiscasset in a white Nissan sedan, driven by Milardo. Fernald said there were thousands of dollars and hundreds of pills visible in the vehicle when the pair was apprehended.

When caught, both men, in explicit detail, confessed to the crime, said Fernald. He described the state's case as strong.

Fernald said previously in court Milardo coordinated the robbery and the main distinction between the men is that Williams has no previous criminal record.

Courier Publications' reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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