VINALHAVEN — A Vinalhaven man, who was awaiting trial for two years on charges that he fired a gun into an occupied pickup truck, was convicted Sept. 16 of lesser charges and sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Dorian K. Ames, 28, pleaded no contest Sept. 15 to misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and discharging a firearm near a dwelling. Justice John Martin sentenced Ames to 30 days in jail during the hearing held in the Knox County court. A no contest plead results in a conviction.

Felony charges of reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, illegal possession of a firearm and criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon were dismissed.

Deputy District Attorney Christopher Fernald said the plea agreements were reached after two key witnesses said they could not identify Ames as the offender. Ames was represented by attorney Jeremy Pratt.

Police said at the time of the September 2019 incident, Ames was with a group of people at a residence on Vinalhaven and was heavily intoxicated. The witnesses said he began arguing with one of the people in the home and pushed the person. That person then pinned Ames to the floor.

Ames left the home and said he was going to his home to get a gun, according to the police affidavit filed in court.

The resident of the home asked the man who was in the altercation with Ames to leave, saying it would be safer, since there were children in the home and he did not want Ames coming back to the house with a gun.

The man left along with a woman. That couple went to another home about a mile away to see if they could spend the night there. The man got out of the pickup truck and went up to the house, while the woman got into the driver’s side of the vehicle.

Ames arrived there in his car and immediately approached the pickup truck with a gun in his hand, yelling that he was going to kill the man who pinned him earlier that night, according to the affidavit. The woman told Ames the man was not in the vehicle, but Ames approached and pointed the gun at her before firing the gun and striking the vehicle near where the gas cap is located.

He then got in his car and drove away, police reported in the affidavit.

The deputy said he recovered the bullet fragment from the vehicle and interviewed witnesses before arresting Ames.

Fernald said Sept. 16 the man who was one of the alleged victims is now saying he does not remember what occurred that night. The woman who was in the vehicle said she recently heard Ames’ voice, and that it was not the same voice she heard the night of the shooting.

The prosecutor said with those statements, the district attorney’s office agreed to the compromise plea agreement. The case was scheduled for a jury trial beginning Sept. 20.

Ames was also the subject of an investigation into the June 14, 2020, stabbing death of 28-year-old Roger Feltis on Vinalhaven. The Maine Attorney General’s Office presented that case to a grand jury in Knox County during the first week of July 2020. The jury issued two no bills, meaning a majority of jurors did not find probable cause to believe Dorian Ames and Briannah Ames, 31, committed a crime.

Feltis’s father filed a civil lawsuit in June to get records from investigators, and claims in that lawsuit that witnesses dispute the state’s conclusion on the fatal confrontation.