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Rockport man convicted of killing pedestrian, arrested for OUI

By Stephen Betts | Jan 15, 2021

Rockland — A Rockport man made his initial court appearance Jan. 14 on a charge that he was driving drunk, less than five years after being convicted of striking and killing a pedestrian in Rockland, then driving away from the scene.

Jeremy S. Stone, 46, was arrested on the night of Nov. 28, 2020, in Hope by the Knox County Sheriff's Office, charged with aggravated criminal operating under the influence and operating after suspension. A blood alcohol test later found his level at 0.11. A blood alcohol level of 0.08 in Maine is considered under the influence.

Stone has been held at the Knox County Jail in Rockland on a hold order by his probation officer since the arrest. Stone is still on probation from his April 2016 conviction for manslaughter.

At the Jan. 14 hearing in the Knox County court, Stone made both his initial appearance on the new charges and an initial hearing on the state's motion to revoke his probation.

Deputy District Attorney Christopher Fernald and Defense Attorney Roger Hurley met in private with Justice Jeffrey Hjelm before the parties returned to the courtroom, where it was announced that the next court hearing will be held in two to four weeks.

Stone was sentenced in April 2016 by Justice William Stokes to 10 years in prison with all but three years suspended for manslaughter and aggravated operating under the influence. Stone's license was also suspended for 10 years.

The conviction was the result of him striking and killing 35-year-old Daniel Cormier, of Owls Head, while driving a Jeep Cherokee Jan. 30, 2015, on Camden Street in Rockland.

Evidence showed Stone struck Cormier as he was walking to Pizza Hut from the Shaw's Plaza with his girlfriend and her son. The trio crossed the street to get to the restaurant and had to walk in the road for a short distance, because the sidewalk was not cleared of snow on the southbound side. The child ran ahead and reached Pizza Hut when Cormier was struck near Goodwill. Cormier's girlfriend was not injured.

Stone said he did not stop because he thought he hit a pothole, but called his ex-wife to report he thought he might have hit a person. She went to the scene of the hit and run, and told police what Stone said to her.

When police talked with Stone, he said visibility was poor because of rain, and he fled because he panicked and had false license plates on his vehicle. He also admitted to drinking and taking medications before the crash.

At the 2016 sentencing, Justice Stokes said Stone's history of motor vehicle offenses was an aggravating factor. Stone had three prior convictions for operating after suspension, the most recent being from 2012. The victim's brother called for a longer sentence.

Stone addressed the judge and apologized to the family. He said it was never his intention to hurt anyone. He claimed he was driving to a friend’s house to bring movies to watch, because his friend’s wife left him and his cable was disconnected.

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Comments (5)
Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Jan 16, 2021 13:47

The only people I know that get help are the one's that reach out for help. Making excuses about the courts, the police and the sidewalks never got anyone sober. If you ask God to move a mountain you had better bring a shovel with you. This guy has to own his behavior and do the work it takes to stop drinking. Obviously killing a person wasn't enough.

Posted by: Joseph Steinberger | Jan 16, 2021 13:27

If we are concerned about the man who was killed we should be thinking of keeping our sidewalks cleared of snow so that people don't need to walk in the road. Instead, too many of us are just wanting to throw more people in prison for longer sentences. We have more people in prison than any country in the world, at a huge cost to taxpayers, and it does not seem to be working very well.

Posted by: Ronald Pendleton | Jan 16, 2021 04:57

3 years for taking someone's  life, that's really throwing the book at him

Posted by: DALE HAYWARD | Jan 15, 2021 09:54

Is it up to the police or the court system to help him?

Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Jan 15, 2021 08:24

10 year prison sentence with all but three years suspended for killing someone ?  Looking at all the pieces of this story gives a sense our justice system has failed us.  This seems to be a good example where the police and court system have been unable to help this man and perhaps there are other means that should be applied.

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