BELFAST, Maine — A Northport man arrested by Belfast police last week on a fugitive from justice charge out of Connecticut is wanted in connection with the 2010 murder of a bartender by the Maine man’s mother.
Police in North Haven, Connecticut, confirmed Wednesday morning that Michael Ames, 28, is the same man who was arrested in that state in 2010 on a charge of first-degree hindering prosecution. The warrant for his arrest said he had failed to appear at a Connecticut court in connection with the homicide.
Ames was spotted and recognized by Belfast officers on Friday, May 16, while they were conducting a bail check on a different person at a home on Back Belmont Road. He initially was brought to Waldo County Jail in Belfast but was moved Tuesday to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset, where he awaits extradition.
News reports from the New Haven Register show that Ames was arrested after his mother, Mary Ames, was charged with the stabbing death of 47-year-old bartender Christopher Hall.
Mary Ames was convicted in 2013 of the fatal stabbing, and sentenced by a three-judge panel in New Haven to serve 35 years in prison, according to the New Haven Register.
The newspaper reported that Mary Ames and Hall got into an argument after the two had played billiards at Doran’s pub in North Haven. Connecticut police said in 2010 that the woman, who was working on earning a four-year degree in social services at a local community college, lunged over the bar to stab Hall in the heart.
Michael Ames told police after the stabbing that while his mother was arguing with the bartender, he was sitting at the bar, watching television. He told police that punches had been thrown and that he noticed Hall was bleeding from the abdomen. He ran out of the bar with his mother, drove her home and went to bed, according to the New Haven Register.
Both Ameses were arrested shortly afterward, however, and Mary Ames’ bail was set at $1 million. Michael Ames’ bail was set at $75,000. During her sentencing hearing last year, Mary Ames told Hall’s family and friends that she was sorry, that she didn’t intend to kill him and that she knows she was responsible, according to the New Haven Register. She also said that her choice to drink alcohol led to the tragic outcome that night.
Michael Ames, who went to Belfast Area High School, had moved to Connecticut from Maine in 2010 to attend the community college there. His twin brother and other family members still live in Maine, according to the New Haven Register.
Michael Ames was able to post his bail and moved back to Maine after being released from police custody, the paper reported. Last August, his case was placed on the trial list, but his attorney told reporters then that he was negotiating with the state on a possible plea deal. Efforts Wednesday to reach his attorney, whose telephone number has been disconnected, were unsuccessful.