Man pleads guilty to domestic violence charges
Rockland — Jeremy S. Vandyne, 44, of Vinalhaven, pleaded guilty Oct. 12 to two counts of domestic violence assault and one count of domestic violence criminal threatening. An earlier charge of felony aggravated assault was dismissed upon an agreement between the attorneys.
Vandyne signed a deferred disposition agreement which requires him to receive an evaluation for substance abuse, mental health, anger management, and domestic abuse counseling and to avoid consuming alcohol to the point that he attains a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher upon random testing, among other conditions.
Should Vandyne abide by the conditions of the agreement, the charge of domestic violence criminal threatening would be dropped and the two counts of domestic violence assault would be reduced to simple assault. His sentence after a year of adhering to the conditions would include two $500 fines, 364 days in jail, all suspended, and a year of probation.
If Vandyne is found to be in violation of the agreement, he could face the maximum sentence for domestic violence assault and domestic violence criminal threatening, class D, of 364 days in jail.
Vandyne was arrested late July 21 after Knox County Sheriff's Deputy Justin Hills responded to a call from a witness who told him a juvenile had asked her for help on the street because Vandyne and a woman were fighting, according to documents filed in Knox County Unified Court. The witness said she found Vandyne and the woman bloody and saw they had been drinking.
Hills interviewed the juvenile, who said Vandyne had held him down and choked him. According to court documents, the juvenile tried to defend himself with a kitchen knife after a verbal argument escalated, and Vandyne was cut while trying to get it away from the juvenile.
The female victim also said Vandyne had pushed her down multiple times and threatened to “bash her head in” with a door, according to the affidavit. Hills observed blood on walls and doors.
Vandyne, who had left the residence, returned and told police he had felt disrespected in his home, and did not want anybody to be hurt. He admitted to pushing the woman to the ground, but denied choking the juvenile. Hills said in the affidavit that Vandyne was cooperative, and added that both Vandyne and the female victim smelled of alcohol.
Dan Otis Smith joined The Courier-Gazette in 2016. He covers the towns of Thomaston, St. George, Cushing, and the Knox County Commission.
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