Hitchcock convicted in Hallowell stabbings

June 6th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

AUGUSTA — A jury on Thursday convicted a Colorado man of two charges of aggravated assault for stabbing two people in a fight last November outside a Hallowell bar.

Jacob Lynn Hitchcock, 27, of Bennett, Colo. was found guilty on both counts not long after he took the stand in his own defense.

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The jury of nine women and three men deliberated for less than two hours before returning a verdict. Hitchcock, who has been in jail in lieu of bail since Nov. 3, showed little reaction to the verdict, keeping his hands clasped in front of him. Justice Robert Mullen scheduled a sentencing hearing for 3 p.m. May 29. The charges each carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

Earlier in the day, Hitchcock told the jury that a strong mixed drink and at least four or five beers fueled his actions around 1 a.m. Nov. 3 when he used his folding utility knife — he claimed in self-defense — on two local men in a fracas outside Higher Grounds.

He told jurors he was intoxicated when Andrew Severy and Ryan Sauber were stabbed.

“I was scared for my life,” Hitchcock told jurors from the witness stand.

His attorney, Roger Brunelle, earlier said Hitchcock was defending himself when he pulled out the utility knife he used to cut heavy-duty plastic pipe in his pipeline installation work and swung it at the people punching him in the face on Water Street. That fight left Hitchcock with a badly

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