Rockland man to serve nine months for felony domestic assault
Rockland — A Rockland man, whose jointly recommended seven-month sentence was rejected earlier last week by a judge, will serve nine months for felony domestic violence assault and refusing to submit to arrest.
Peter McClure, 46, pleaded guilty to the two charges in Knox County Superior Court Oct. 18 and elected to waive his grand jury rights.
McClure's defense attorney, James Mason, told Justice Jeffrey Hjelm he and Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody had determined seven months was a fair sentence due to small inconsistencies in the police report and the credibility of witnesses.
Hjelm rejected the seven-month recommendation Oct. 17.
Hjelm said his earlier ruling was not meant to be critical of the counsels' evaluation of the case, but said sentences are imposed to achieve objectives. With McClure's previous history, including domestic violence assault against the same victim, the seven-month sentence did not satisfy the charge, he said.
A basic sentence in this case as, he sees it, would be a 14-, 16-, or 18-month sentence, he said.
"This sentence is still favorable to Mr. McClure," Hjelm said, and added McClure's willingness to take responsibility and find an early resolution to the case provided him a benefit.
McClure was arrested in August after Rockland police responded to a call and saw him hit a female victim several times, knocking her to the floor. The victim refused medical treatment but was bleeding from the mouth and had several cuts and abrasions on her face, arms and back, according to a police affidavit.
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