Cushing man pleads guilty to robbery, assault charges
Rockland — A Cushing man will spend four years in prison after he pleaded guilty Jan. 28 to charges of robbery, assault, and theft.
Paul A. Milardo, 40, has been held at the Knox County Jail on $50,000 cash or $250,000 surety since August when he was arrested for breaking into a Union home, assaulting the resident, and stealing drugs.
The recommended sentence totals 10 years in prison with all but four years suspended. Milardo is also ordered to abide by terms of probation for four years.
Milardo pleaded to a count of robbery, assault, and theft. An aggravated assault charge was amended to a lesser offense.
Co-defendant David Williams Jr., 24, of Middletown, Conn., was charged with aggravated assault, robbery, theft and stealing drugs. He will likely forgo a trail and reach an agreement with the state, his attorney Philip Cohen said in November. He is scheduled to appear in court again Feb. 26.
The state contends 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.
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 Milardo coordinated the robbery and the main distinction between the men is that Williams has no previous criminal record.
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