Man sentenced to jail for shooting at houses, mailboxes

Shots fired in Cushing, Friendship, Waldoboro
Posted:  Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 8:30am

ROCKLAND — A Friendship man was sentenced to five years in jail for his involvement in shooting incidents that resulted in criminal mischief complaints in Cushing, Friendship, and Waldoboro, during the early morning hours of March 15. 

Ethan Reed, 19, appeared before Judge Paul Mathews in Knox County Unified Court July 2. His full sentence includes five years in jail with all but nine months suspended for reckless conduct, three counts of criminal mischief, and discharging a firearm near a dwelling.

Reed was also given a concurrent jail sentence for violating probation on a prior criminal mischief charge in 2017.

One count of aggravated criminal mischief was dismissed.

He was ordered by the court to pay $2,403 in restitution and will also serve two years of probation after his release from jail.

Reed was convicted of in the shooting incidents that were reported throughout Waldoboro and Knox County during the early morning hours of March 15. The areas targeted were Friendship, Cushing and Waldoboro. 

On March 24, Knox County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Tim Carroll, issued a press release stating that police felt the shootings were isolated incidents. 

"The individuals involved have been identified by law enforcement and we feel these were isolated incidents and the public should feel safer with the information we have obtained,” said Carroll. “Names will be released at the appropriate time, but until then, trust that we feel confident that no one is in particular further danger related to these complaints." 

Reed turned himself into Deputy Alicia Averill at approximately 7:10 p.m. April 26. After he was arrested, He was held at the Knox County Jail without bail as Maine Probation placed a hold on him for violation of probation.

According to the affidavit filed in Knox Count Unified Court, Reed told police that he shot at the houses, mailboxes and street signs because he was bored.

Joshua Reed, 27, of Friendship was also charged in the shootings with reckless conduct (Class C felony), aggravated criminal mischief (Class C felony), criminal mischief (Class D felony), criminal mischief (Class D felony), shooting from a motor vehicle (Class E felony), discharging a firearm or crossbow near dwelling (Class E felony).  

He turned himself into the Sheriff’s Office at approximately 5:45 p.m. April 26. His bail was set at $2,500 cash and he was later released from the Knox County Jail. His next court date is scheduled for July 26.

As a result of the multi-agency investigation involving the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the Maine Warden Service, information and evidence were collected that lead to identifying the alleged suspects, said Waldoboro Police Chief Bill Labombarde in an earlier press release.

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