BANGOR, Maine — A local man was sentenced Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to 22 years in prison with all but 11 years suspended in connection with a knife attack that left a man blind in one eye and unable to work.

Anthony Bowie, 25, of Bangor also was sentenced to four years of probation by District Court Judge Gregory Campbell.

Bowie pleaded guilty Feb. 5 to one count of elevated aggravated assault in connection with the June 19, 2014, stabbing at the intersection of Warren and Sanford streets in Bangor.

The victim, Adam Morin, 25, of Bangor was stabbed in the head and abdomen. In addition to being blind in one eye, he suffers from memory problems as a result of his injuries.

Bowie was to be sentenced March 2, but Campbell rejected a plea agreement that called for Bowie to serve nine years instead of 11.

Campbell on Tuesday called Bowie’s crime “very serious.”

“This was a very egregious set of circumstances,” the judge said in sentencing Bowie. “Mr. Morin was stabbed in the head and his optic nerve was severed [which caused him to lose his sight]. The victim impact is off the charts.”

The judge said Tuesday that 11 years to serve reflects the seriousness of the crime.

Morin and members of his family opposed the sentence as not being long enough. The victim told Campbell in March that he could no longer work.

“I don’t know why he stabbed me,” Morin told the judge then. “I followed him into the street to get him to calm down.”
Neither Morin nor Bowie addressed the judge Tuesday.

Bowie faced up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

He had been held at the Penobscot County Jail unable to post $50,000 surety or $25,000 cash set since his arrest in June.