ROCKLAND, Maine — A 36-year-old Cushing man pleaded guilty Wednesday to punching the new boyfriend of his former partner and threatening to carve up his face.
Heath Yeaton was arrested Tuesday and charged with assault and terrorizing. He made his initial court appearance Wednesday in Rockland District Court, where he agreed to admit to the offenses as part of a deferred disposition.
Under terms of the agreement, Yeaton will serve seven days in jail and pay a $300 fine if he undergoes anger management counseling and refrains from further criminal conduct. If he violates those terms during the next 12 months, he could be sentenced to up to six months in jail.
According to an affidavit filed in court by Knox County Sheriff’s Office Detective Michael Sprague, the victim of the assault and his girlfriend contacted the sheriff’s office to report that Yeaton had spotted the male victim parked at a convenience store in Thomaston in January and went to the parked car, opened the door and punched him in the face. Yeaton and the woman had formerly been partners.
The couple said they decided to report the matter to police after Yeaton subsequently made repeated threats of violence. In one taped recording of a phone call, Yeaton said he was going to come over to their residence and carve up the male victim’s face.
Officers also obtained a search warrant to go through Yeaton’s home on Tuesday after detecting the smell of marijuana when they went to the residence, according to an affidavit filed by Sprague.
Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody said more charges could result from that search.
He said the deferred disposition was being sought because it was the only way to get probation terms such as anger management counseling.
Judge Susan Sparaco expressed hesitance about approving a deferred disposition in the case but agreed after Baroody offered his explanation.