Underwear on floor, racial eptithet provoked argument

Man gets six years for stabbing Rockland roommate

By Stephen Betts | Jun 01, 2018
Photo by: Stephen Betts George Gilmore at his initial court appearance Dec. 8, 2017.

Rockland — A 33-year-old man will serve six years in prison after admitting he repeatedly stabbed a Rockland man in the back after an argument over underwear being left on the bathroom floor that escalated into a racial slur being used.

George Gilmore was sentenced Friday, June 1, in Knox County Superior Court to 12 years in prison with all but six years suspended. Gilmore will be on probation for four years after he is released from prison.

Gilmore pleaded guilty to elevated aggravated assault and aggravated assault as a result of the Dec. 6, 2017, attack that took place at the Knox Street Apartments in an apartment that Gilmore, his family and the victims shared.

Justice Daniel Billings said the sentence was a significant one for a serious crime.

Gilmore has been held at the Knox County Jail in Rockland since he was arrested minutes after the attack, found hiding in the bathroom at the nearby Dunkin' Donuts.

One stabbing victim, 33-year-old Morgan Robinson, was seriously injured in the attack, with numerous stab wounds to his back. His 28-year-old wife, Monica Robinson, suffered superficial knife wounds.

Gilmore told police he snapped during an argument with Morgan Robinson and stabbed him.

An affidavit filed by Rockland police in Knox County Unified Court in December stated that Gilmore had yelled for Morgan Robinson to come back upstairs and pick up underwear he left on the bathroom floor following a shower. This led to an argument and Gilmore went to the basement and began a shouting match with Robinson.

The argument then turned to Gilmore's alleged treatment of one of the children in the apartment. Robinson told Gilmore he felt the treatment of the child was abuse. Gilmore denied he was being abusive, according to the affidavit.

Gilmore then tackled Robinson, who was facing away from him, and they fell onto a bed. Witnesses told police that Gilmore continued to strike Robinson. Monica Robinson tried to pull Gilmore off Morgan Robinson, but he continued the attack until she said she would call the police. Gilmore then left.

Monica Robinson told police she did not see the knife and did not know Morgan Robinson had been stabbed until she saw him covered in blood and he said he felt like he was breathing bubbles and felt like he was going to die, according to the affidavit. She did not notice her own injury until that point.

Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody said the blade broke off the knife during the attack. The prosecutor said evidence would have shown that Morgan Robinson had used a racial slur just prior the stabbing. Gilmore is black.

Gilmore was represented by attorney Jeremy Pratt of Camden.

Gilmore's criminal record includes illegal contact with a juvenile, failure to register as a sex offender and an assault in which he was sentenced to two years in prison. Gilmore moved to Maine last summer, after being released from a Connecticut prison for the assault.

A prior defense attorney, Andrei Maciag, had said at a January court hearing that the illegal contact with a juvenile occurred when Gilmore was 17 and the victim was 14. The failure to register was a mistake that resulted in no jail time because Gilmore was homeless at the time and had no address to register.

And the more recent assault in Connecticut occurred after he had been bullied for a long time, Maciag had said. Gilmore suffers from fetal alcohol syndrome, Maciag said at the January hearing.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Kendall Merriam | Jun 02, 2018 08:47

Mary: Your comments are not reflective of Maine's criminal law sentencing guidelines judges must apply.

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jun 01, 2018 16:03

A slap on the hand and few days of confinement then off to hurt another day. Sounds like mental illness and he should be locked up in a mental ward.

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