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Rockland man gets seven years for attempted strangulation

By Stephen Betts | Jul 10, 2020

Rockland — A Rockland man was sentenced Thursday, July 9, to seven years in prison for trying to strangle a woman during a violent spree earlier this year.

Michael S. Minson, 33, was sentenced in Knox County Superior Court to 15 years in prison with all but seven years suspended for aggravated assault. He will be on probation for four years upon his release and could face more time if he violates probation.

Minson was given lesser concurrent sentences for assault and terrorizing charges resulting from the Feb. 8 incident.

In regard to the Feb. 8 Rockland incident that occurred at the Brunswick Rooms, a police reports stated that a woman told police Minson was attempting to use her rent money to buy suboxone. When she protested, he grabbed her by the throat and squeezed her neck until she became unconscious. She said he also slapped her and pushed her against a mirror, according to police.

The woman said when she regained consciousness, she opened the door to the room and was trying to scream. A female friend came over to the room and Minson pulled her into the room and assaulted her, according to the affidavit. A man also responded and was assaulted by Minson, according to the police report.

The aggravated assault charge was elevated to a higher class because of prior convictions for assault including an aggravated assault conviction in Cumberland County in 2016, a domestic violence assault in 2015 in Cumberland County and a 2010 domestic violence assault in Lewiston.

Minson has been on probation at the time of the February attacks for a 2015 car crash that killed a child. He was sentenced in 2016 to four-and-half years in prison for the crash in Casco that killed Cameron Peterson and seriously injured his mother in 2015. Police reported he was speeding and driving without a license when he lost control of his car and slammed into a utility pole.

In other Knox County cases for the period July 3 through July 10, the following cases were completed:

Thomas D. Hummel, 76, Washington, assault, criminal mischief, indecent conduct and four counts of misuse of the 911 system, all charges were dismissed.

Devon Gross, 23, Rockland, violating protection from abuse order, dismissed.

Michael S. Thomas, 33, Thomaston, operating under the influence, 48 hours in jail, 150-day license suspension, $500 fine.

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