A District Court judge on Tuesday set bail at $25,000 cash or $50,000 surety for a Prentiss man accused of shooting and wounding a man and woman he allegedly invited into his home last week.
Gary J. LeBlanc, 64, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, a Class B crime, and two counts of elevated aggravated assault, a Class A crime.
LeBlanc was not asked to enter pleas to the charges as he has not yet been indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury.
He told Judge David Mitchell that he could post his property, estimated to be worth $60,000, as bail.
The 34-year-old female victim had been living at LeBlanc’s Averill Road home since February, according to a court affidavit. The woman knew LeBlanc because she had dated his son when they were in high school.
LeBlanc let her stay in an upstairs bedroom in exchange for her cleaning the house but she was in the process of moving out because of LeBlanc’s “odd” behavior, the affidavit said. She told police that LeBlanc shot her in his kitchen when she went to the home at his invitation to retrieve her cellphone, which he had allegedly hidden from her.
The male, whose age and hometown were not included in the affidavit, was on his way to a family camp in northern Penobscot County on Friday when he saw the female victim at the store in Springfield, according to the affidavit. The two had previously dated. He agreed to go with her to get her cellphone from LeBlanc, the court document said.
LeBlanc told police that the male victim moved toward him “in an aggressive manner” and LeBlanc thought he saw a gun in his hand. He said that he pulled a gun from a kitchen drawer and fired what he intended to be two warning shots but they struck the woman, the affidavit said.
The victims told investigators that neither of them had a weapon when they entered the house.
LeBlanc was arrested in Lee on Monday, according to the Maine State Police.
His bail conditions include no contact with the victims, no use of intoxicants and no possession of guns or other dangerous weapons.
He is next due in court on Dec. 14.
If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000 on the Class B crime and up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000 on the Class A charges.