A Washington man faces two counts of aggravated assault for allegedly beating his girlfriend so badly she had to be taken by LifeFlight to a trauma center in Lewiston.
The new charges against Brent G. Pitcher, 28, come six months after he was convicted of other charges involving the same victim and four years after he was acquitted of assaulting her uncle.
Pitcher is charged with criminal restraint and two counts of aggravated assault -- one charge claiming he acted with extreme indifference, the other saying the victim suffered serious bodily injury, Assistant District Attorney Chris Fernald said Tuesday.
Bail on those charges was initially set at $10,000 cash on Monday, but Pitcher remained behind bars in Rockland on a probation hold, Fernald said.
Fernald said Pitcher is also expected to be charged with violating probation in connection with the alleged assault on Gina Glidden, 20.
Glidden was taken by ambulance Sunday night from Washington to the LifeFlight helicopter at Augusta State Airport.
Family members Monday said she suffered severe facial injuries and is expected to survive Pitcher's alleged attack.
On Feb. 2, Pitcher was convicted in Knox County of criminal threatening, terrorizing, reckless conduct, obstructing report of crime and drug possession. He was sentenced to 364 days in jail, all with all but 90 days suspended and a year of probation, according to court records.
Fernald said Glidden was the victim in several of those charges and added that she "was completely uncooperative" with that investigation.
"The initial report indicates she's somewhat uncooperative again," Fernald said.
Fernald said Sunday's incident remains under investigation by Detective Dwight Burtis, Knox County's domestic violence coordinator.
Glidden's mother, Leeann Condon, was with her daughter at Central Maine Medical Center most of Sunday night and Monday. "She's still pretty sore and still having trouble breathing," Condon said on Tuesday.
She took photos to document the injuries.
"She has three broken ribs, two black eyes, and she can barely open her eyes her face is so swollen," Condon said. She said her daughter had been kicked in the face and had a broken tooth.
"She's still in a lot of pain; she's lucky to be alive," Condon said.
Condon said her daughter, who lives with her in Washington, told her the beating began Saturday morning.
Pitcher previously was acquitted by a jury on Jan. 25, 2007, of two counts of aggravated assault related to an incident June 27, 2005, also in Washington.
The man named as the victim in that case -- Glidden's uncle, Steven Condon, now 42 -- remains in a nursing home in Augusta, unable to do anything for himself, according to his mother, Arlene Marie Condon, of Washington, who is also the mother of Leeann Condon and grandmother of Gina Glidden.Steven Peterson, the attorney who defended Pitcher in the Steven Condon case, said Glidden was Pitcher's girlfriend and she testified on his behalf.
"It was a situation in Washington where Mr. Condon was very intoxicated himself and was wandering around at a party and picking fights with just about everybody and being obnoxious," Peterson said. "At one point he was pushing her (Glidden) around."
Pitcher and Condon got into a fight over that, Peterson said, and later Pitcher left.
"The following morning (Condon) was found unconscious," Peterson said. Peterson said several other people were at the trailer after Pitcher left.
"It as not clear what caused the injuries to Mr. Condon," Peterson said Monday.
District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau, who was the prosecutor at that trial, said witnesses provided inconsistent statements, initially saying they could not recall anything. "It was a very murky description of what happened late at night," Rushlau said.
Leeann Condon continues to blame Pitcher for the injuries to her brother.
"He did this four years ago to my brother ... and four years later does it to my daughter," Leeann Condon said. "What's he going to do? Get six or seven months and get out?"