ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Blue Hill man convicted this past summer of stabbing another man has been sentenced to serve nine months behind bars, according to documents in Hancock County Superior Court.

Travis Ruggiero, 20, was convicted at a jury trial in June of aggravated assault and violating bail conditions. On Oct. 30, Justice William Anderson gave Ruggiero an overall sentence of four years in prison with all but nine months suspended. Ruggiero also was ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution and to serve a probation term of two years upon his release from jail.

Ruggiero previously had been arrested for assaulting his ex-girlfriend, according to court documents. He received a three-month sentence for violating his bail, but will serve that time concurrently with the aggravated assault conviction.

Court documents indicate that Ruggiero stabbed a 22-year-old Blue Hill man with a pocket knife in March, giving the man a one-inch-deep wound in his chest. The incident occurred when the victim and Ruggiero’s ex-girlfriend came to Ruggiero’s home on Mines Road to obtain a phone number.

The ex-girlfriend wanted to call the home of Ruggiero’s mother to make arrangements to retrieve a pet rat, police indicated in an affidavit. The altercation occurred when Ruggiero refused to let his ex-girlfriend leave the property, according to the affidavit.

Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....