April 02, 2020

Guilford man admits assaulting town manager> 7 days in jail, $1,000 fine expected after guilty plea for 1997 incident

DOVER-FOXCROFT — A Guilford man pleaded guilty Tuesday to an assault on Guilford Town Manager Robert Littlefield during an incident in April 1997.

Sentencing for Carl Vainio was set for Friday in Piscataquis County Superior Court.

District Attorney R. Christopher Almy expects that Vainio will be sentenced to seven days in jail and will be ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. He will also be ordered to make restitution to Littlefield for his medical bills in connection with the assault, according to Almy.

Almy said Vainio had also agreed to donate $2,000 to the D.A.R.E. program offered by the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department and to provide Littlefield with a right of way over his land to land owned by Littlefield.

A count of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor was dismissed.

Vainio slugged Littlefield in the face as the town manager sat in his vehicle while checking the ice conditions at Harlow Pond and watching ducks about 8:30 p.m. April 26.

Deputy Basil Patterson, who investigated the incident for the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department, alleged that Vainio pulled his vehicle up behind Littlefield’s vehicle, left his vehicle, walked to Littlefield’s vehicle, and reached in through an open window and hit the town manager in the face.

As Vainio urged Littlefield to get out of the vehicle, the town manager sped from the scene in his vehicle, calling police by radio, according to Patterson.

Police searched the immediate area for Vainio and found his vehicle on a camp road near the former Guilford dump. When questioned about the incident, Vainio denied any involvement, according to authorities.

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