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Written by Mark Good   
Thursday, June 03, 2010 at 11:31 am

ELLSWORTH — All but two of the nine men charged in a home invasion last fall in Southwest Harbor have been sentenced in Hancock County Superior Court to 30 days in jail, according to the district attorney’s office.

The men were arrested in October for allegedly breaking into a Southwest Harbor apartment and assaulting a tenant, a man in his early 20s. All were charged with burglary and assault. The victim, who sustained minor injuries in the incident, chased the intruders out of the home with a hunting knife.

Under a plea agreement, the seven men who have been sentenced have all pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal trespass, according to assistant district attorney Mary Kellett.

Ian Grant, 20, of Hancock; Gregory Spurling, 20, of Waltham, and Justin Pinkham, 20, of Sullivan, were sentenced in March. Brent Lockhart, 19, of Franklin, and Matthew Smith, 20, of Ellsworth, were sentenced in April. Alex Hartley-Johnson, 21, of Lamoine and Brian Thelismond, 22, of Ellsworth were sentenced May 13. All were sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Ms. Kellett said Jacob Bagley, 22, of Harrington has pleaded guilty to the criminal trespassing charge and is expected to be sentenced in court on June 11.

Charles Pinkham, 24, of Hancock, who Ms. Kellett said is the alleged assailant in the case, has had his trial continued until July 23. Mr. Pinkham was indicted April 8 by a Hancock County grand jury on charges of burglary, aggravated criminal trespass and assault.

Ms. Kellett said charges are still pending against several others suspected of being involved in the case.

The home invasion reportedly was the result of prior trouble between the victim and some of the defendants, Ms. Kellett said.

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