Matinicus man sentenced to prison for aggravated assault

By Juliette Laaka | Feb 01, 2013

Rockland — A 32-year-old Matinicus Island resident was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison for assaulting a man last summer outside a bar in Vinalhaven.

Joshua S. Anthony pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated assault in Knox County Superior Court Jan. 30.

Anthony had been previously charged in four other separate assaults, according to police reports.

In June 2012, Anthony attacked a 58-year-old man outside of a bar on Vinalhaven, hitting him repeatedly, police reports state.

The victim told police he did not know why Anthony attacked him.

The owner of The Sandbar witnessed the altercation and called 911 after Anthony refused to leave during the fight.

She said she had seen the two men talk that night, but nothing seemed amiss. Before leaving the bar, the victim told the owner to call 911 because he had been threatened by Anthony. The call was not made at that time.

The victim was taken to the Island Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

Anthony was located on the island, hiding in a shed, and arrested by Knox County Sheriff's Office Deputy Larry Hesseltine the day after the assault.

According to court documents, Anthony told Hesseltine he didn't know why he was being arrested as the fight was "just between two drunks and he won."

Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at

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