September 19, 2019

National Guard official cleared of charges

ELLSWORTH — The Maine National Guard public affairs officer was found not guilty Friday of charges including criminal threatening, reckless conduct and a threatening display of a dangerous weapon.

Lt. Col. Bruce M. Barry, 44, of Dedham was cleared of the charges by Justice Nancy Mills in Hancock County Superior Court. The charges stemmed from an incident that occurred Aug. 12, 1993, when Barry allegedly threatened a neighbor with a revolver after the man “mooned” Barry’s wife from a driveway.

According to police, Barry’s wife claimed that neighbors had harassed her while she and her daughter were home alone. After his wife called him home, Barry argued with the neighbor, allegedly threatening him.

At Barry’s arraignment in November 1993, the Hancock County district attorney had the court order that Barry possess no firearms as a condition of his bail. Before the trial began Friday, the state moved to drop a charge of use of a dangerous weapon.

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