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Suspect on probation for assault, accused of attempted strangulation

By Stephen Betts | Feb 12, 2020

Rockland — A Rockland man will remain in jail until a hearing is held on revoking his probation after he was charged with trying to strangle a woman and assaulting two other people.

The suspect is on probation for a 2015 car crash that killed a child.

Justice Paul Mathews ordered Michael S. Minson, 32, held without bail during a hearing Feb. 10 in the Knox County court.

Minson is charged with Class A aggravated assault, Class C domestic violence assault, Class C domestic violence criminal restraint, Class C domestic violence criminal threatening, two counts of Class C assault, and Class C domestic violence terrorizing.

The offenses were 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.

The incident occurred Feb. 8 at the Brunswick Rooms in Rockland, according to an affidavit filed in court by the Rockland Police Department.

One woman told police that Minson was attempting to use her rent money to buy suboxone and 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, during the attack.

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.

Minson denied the allegations when questioned by police.

Justice Mathews expressed concern for public safety and denied setting bail on the probation revocation motion.

Minson is on probation for a manslaughter conviction. He was sentenced in 2016 to four-and-half years in prison for a 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.

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Comments (2)
Posted by: Valerie Wass | Feb 13, 2020 12:33

TISK TISK Mary.  So very quick to judge people living here.  Not everything printed here is black and white.  I am not condoning this man's actions but how quick, not just you Mary, but the public in general are quick to point fingers.  I see that the man only received 4 1/2 years in prison for killing a child.

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Feb 12, 2020 11:39

Lock him up for life. He would never be rehabilitated. Sounds like a real psycho to me.

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