Presque Isle manslaughter case tops grand jury indictments
CARIBOU, Maine — The Aroostook County grand jury recently indicted a Presque Isle man on multiple charges, including manslaughter, connected to a fatal crash last year.
The grand jury indicted Jason T. Ireland, 46, on charges of manslaughter, two counts of aggravated criminal operating under the influence, operating beyond license restrictions, criminal speed, and driving to endanger.
The charges stem from the death of 56-year-old Justin Brown Jr. in an Oct. 7, 2018, crash.
On that date, Ireland’s Subaru struck the rear of a Jeep Liberty driven by Brown’s mother, Betty Brown, 75, of Easton, according to the Presque Isle Police Department.
Betty Brown was slowing down in traffic while heading south on Centerline Road at around 2:20 p.m. when Ireland, who was driving behind her, failed to stop fast enough and hit the Jeep, according to police.
“The front of Ireland’s vehicle struck the rear of Brown’s vehicle, which caused both vehicles to roll over onto opposite sides of the roadway,” Presque Isle Sgt. Joseph Seeley reported in the release.
Justin Brown, who was a passenger in his mother’s vehicle, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. Medical personnel later pronounced him dead at Northern Light A.R. Gould Hospital in Presque Isle. Betty Brown, who had been wearing a seatbelt, was admitted to the hospital with injuries that were not considered life threatening.
Other indictments handed down by the grand jury in January and February, and released this week, are:
Shane L. Graves, 28, Fort Fairfield, domestic violence assault, two counts of tampering with a victim, violation of condition of release
Timothy Bolstridge, 36, Machiasport, theft (greater than $1,000)
Michael Cullins, 36, Ludlow, domestic violence criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, two counts of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon
Kevin J. O’ Keefe, 66, Needham, Massachusetts, theft
David D. Geer, 54, Fort Fairfield, domestic violence assault, two counts of violation of condition of release assault,
Darrell J. Theriault, 31, Hamlin, aggravated assault, obstructing report, criminal mischief
Robert E. St. Peter, 48, Presque Isle, two counts of assault, theft, refusing to submit, criminal mischief, criminal threatening
Kellie Stitham, 25, Mapleton, theft, burglary, criminal trespass
Thomas B. Poitraw Jr. 24, Presque Isle, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs
Eric M. Condon, 32, Easton, theft, burglary, criminal trespass
Katherine Tuttle, 28, Mapleton, tampering with a witness
Timothy L. Philbrick, 26, Easton, two counts unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs
Derek R. Fitzpatrick, 28, Houlton, two counts unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs, two counts aggravated trafficking drugs
Kelsey J. Foster, 25. Houlton, aggravated trafficking scheduled drugs
Spencer Goodine, 28, Presque Isle, arson, burglary of a motor vehicle, four counts theft
Erick D. Tompkin, 19, Mapleton, domestic violence criminal threatening with a weapon
Lawrence W. Ramaila Jr, 31, Cape Elizabeth, three counts gross sexual assault, violation of protection order
Jeff D. Fox, 50, Van Buren, burglary, theft
Anthony B. McBreairty, 20, Cross Lake, aggravated criminal mischief, domestic violence
Jesse J. Dewley, 21, Fort Fairfield, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs
Wayne W. Neely, 37, Fort Fairfield, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, operating after suspension, eluding, driving to endanger
Leonardo E. Davis, 32, Madawaska, three counts aggravated assault, two counts domestic violence assault
Joshua T. Theriault, 33, Cross Lake, domestic violence assault, obstructing report of crime or injury
Moinaptok Paul, 30, Limestone, gross sexual assault, two counts unlawful sexual contact, failure to appear
Raymond King, 43, Limestone, arson
Hunter King, 20, Limestone, arson
Kassandra Scott, 30, Caribou, operating after revocation
Troy C. Blier, 31, Fort Fairfield, operating after revocation, driving to endanger, unauthorized use of property
Cassidy Clair, 20, Houlton, aggravated trafficking scheduled drugs, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs
Wayne L. Fitzherbert, 73, Caribou, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person
Craig A. Anderson, 52, Caribou, two counts unlawful possession of scheduled drugs
Nathan R. Morrow, 25, Caribou, aggravated trafficking scheduled drugs, two counts unlawful possession drugs, violation of condition of release, falsifying physical evidence
Zane M. Willhide, 22, Presque Isle, aggravated trafficking scheduled drugs, unlawful possession scheduled drugs
Beau Pelletier, 35, Patten, unlawful possession scheduled drugs, refusing to submit
Robert E. Brewer, 26, Linneus, burglary, theft, unlawful possession scheduled drugs, violation of condition of release
Willard H. Putnam, 60, Houlton, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs
Brigitte M. Dupont, 49, Linneus, endangering the welfare of dependent person, stealing drugs, operating under the influence, unlawful possession scheduled drugs
Chester J. Scott, 29, Littleton, stealing drugs, unlawful possession scheduled drugs, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person
Tiffany A. Kaelin, 44, Patten, five counts unlawful possession scheduled drugs
Terry W. Smith, 57, Patten, two counts unlawful possession scheduled drugs, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, criminal forfeiture
Teddie Jean Tremblay, 23, Patten, four counts unlawful possession scheduled drugs