ROCKLAND — The following cases were completed in the Knox County court from Oct. 28 through Nov. 4.

A 28-year-old Rockport man was sentenced Friday, Nov. 4 to a year in prison for trying to strangle a woman, an offense that he committed while free on bail for illegally trying to acquire a firearm.

Caleb J. Meklin was sentenced by Justice Daniel Billings to five years in prison with all but one year suspended and three years of probation for Class B aggravated assault. He was given an additional six months in jail for trafficking in prison contraband (pills) that will be served consecutively with the assault sentence. He received lesser concurrent sentences for attempted possession of a firearm, attempted violation of a protective order, unsworn falsification, operating after suspension, leaving the scene of an accident and two counts of violating a condition of release.

He has been held in jail since his arrest in July for the aggravated assault. He will get credit for time served.

Deputy District Attorney Christopher Fernald said the sentence agreement reached with the defense was a compromise. He said Melkin has a lengthy, concerning record and that the aggravated assault was a serious offense. He said, however, the victim in the case has changed her perspective and if the case went to trial, he is not sure how she would have testified. Defense attorney Ian L’Heureux agreed it was a compromise and said it was case he was willing to go trial with but that because of his client’s record, he agreed to this sentence agreement.

According to affidavits filed by both the Rockport and Rockland police departments in court, the woman said Meklin put his hands around her neck and tried to “choke her out.” The woman said she had a difficult time breathing, and could not speak. Officers said there was a red U-shaped mark around the woman’s neck and a large red mark on her left arm.

Meklin was on bail at that time after being arrested in December 2021 on a warrant obtained by the Rockland Police Department for attempted possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, attempted violation of a protection order and unsworn falsification. He was released on $1,500 cash bail on Dec. 22.

At the time of his attempt to buy a firearm, Meklin had a protection from abuse order lodged against him — by a separate woman from the July 10 assault — in which he was prohibited from possessing a firearm. That woman attended the Nov. 4 court hearing and pleaded with the judge to require mental health evaluation and treatment. She said he needed the treatment because he could become violent in a moment.

“It would be an injustice to community if he was freed without mental health evaluation and treatment,” the woman said.

Justice Billings said he did not want to go against the agreed sentence since there were already conditions such as substance abuse treatment and a mandatory domestic violence prevention program including appearing in domestic violence court each month while on probation.

Other cases completed during the week were:

Breana Elyse Little, 34, of Cushing, pleaded guilty to aggravated operating under the influence as the result of an October 2021 crash on Old County Road in Thomaston that caused serious injuries to the driver of the other vehicle. Little was driving west on Old County in a 2004 Ford cargo van at 4 p.m. Oct. 18, 2021 when her vehicle crossed the centerline and struck head-on a 2006 Toyota Corolla headed east, and driven by Ethan Merry, 23, of Searsmont.

Little’s blood alcohol level was 0.268, more than three times the limit in which is a person is considered under the influence. Merry suffered broken bones and incurred medical expenses of $32,000.

Under a deferred disposition reached between the district attorney’s office and defense, if Little undergoes substance abuse evaluation and treatment, performs 80 hours of community service, and does not commit any additional crimes, the aggravated OUI charge will be reduced to OUI and she will serve 10 days in an alternative sentencing program, a 150-day license suspension, and a $500 fine.

Other completed cases for the week were:

Erica L. Dyer, 20, Waldoboro, domestic violence assault on June 26, 2022, in Cushing, dismissed.

John Haynes, 25, Belmont, waived extradition to Massachusetts on a fugitive from justice warrant.

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