ROCKLAND, Maine — A 65-year-old former Camden man will spend 75 days in jail for assaulting a Camden woman last year and then repeatedly violating protection orders issued by the court.
Randy B. Smith pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon in Knox County Unified Court to several counts of domestic violence assault, violating protective orders and violating conditions of bail.
Smith was apprehended two weeks ago in Connecticut after failing to appear in court in Rockland in May 2014. He had been on the lam and sought by police for the past 18 months.
Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald said the victim in the case supported the agreement, saying she wanted to put the matter behind her and did not want to have to testify. No probation was recommended to the court because that would prevent Smith from returning to Connecticut as he wants to do upon his release.
Judge Patricia Worth approved the sentence agreement reached between the district attorney’s office and defense attorney Christopher MacLean.
The victim in the case had filed a civil lawsuit against Smith last year, which was resolved out of court in February. No details on that settlement have been released.
An affidavit filed by the woman in her civil lawsuit states that Smith approached her at an art show in Rockland during the summer of 2010, struck up a conversation and told her that he was a friend of her late husband who had died the previous year in an accident.
The woman said she began a long-term romantic relationship with Smith, thinking he was an understanding individual.
Smith later revealed to her that he never knew her husband, according to the lawsuit. He also allegedly said he had previously been in long-term relationships with both a wealthy widow and wealthy divorcee. The woman said in her lawsuit that Smith was an opportunist who thought that she too was wealthy.
Soon into their relationship, Smith became verbally and physically abusive, she said in the affidavit. She said he refused to leave her home and on occasions when he would leave, he would break back into the home and one time hid in the basement.
She said he also threatened to have her stabbed when he thought she was seeing another man.
Smith was arrested in February 2014 on a criminal charge of domestic violence assault, according to police and court records. The police affidavit on that charge alleges that he pushed the woman when she tried to intervene in a verbal argument Smith was having with her 14-year-old son.
She told police at the time that he punched her in the face and when she called police, he ripped out cords from the wall in an effort to end the call. He fled from the scene when he realized she had already contacted police, according to the police affidavit.
He then repeatedly violated a court order to stay away from the woman, according to police.