Prisoner gets six more years for robbing inmate of $73

By Stephen Betts | Oct 10, 2018
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Rockland — A 25-year-old man who has already spent years behind bars for violent offenses was sentenced Wednesday, Oct. 10, to an additional six years in prison for his role in robbing a fellow prisoner of $73 in commissary money.

Justice Joyce Wheeler imposed the six-year prison term on Anthony J. Hardy, who is being held at the Maine State Prison. Hardy pleaded guilty to Class A robbery, felony theft and felony assault.

The robbery occurred in May 2017 at the prison, when Hardy and another prisoner went into the victim's cell, demanded his commissary money, and then Hardy punched him when the man initially refused. The victim lost a tooth and another was damaged in the assault.

Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody had asked for at least five additional years to be tacked onto the sentence that sent Hardy to prison.

Hardy was scheduled to be released from prison in 2021 prior to the May 2017 robbery.

Defense attorney Evan Smith said his client had shown remorse and had undergone counseling. He asked for a 24-month sentence for Hardy, since he had taken responsibility.

The prosecutor pointed out that Hardy had a lengthy criminal record for someone 25 years old. In addition, he said the victim was particularly vulnerable, because he was older than 70.

Hardy was convicted in 2013 of robbery and sentenced to three years in prison. In 2017, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison with all but six years suspended for six counts of burglary, eight counts of theft and one count of failure to appear in court.

The 2013 robbery was similar to the prison robbery. The 2013 crime occurred in Bangor during the daylight hours, when Hardy and a few other people assaulted a man with brass knuckles and robbed him of his cash.

In a news article from 2013, Hardy's attorney is quoted as saying Hardy spent 26 months in the Mountain View Youth Development Center.

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