August 22, 2019

Man accused of shooting dog to begin trial Defendant pleaded guilty to five counts of burglary

DOVER-FOXCROFT – The second of two men accused of shooting a springer spaniel and seriously injuring another dog during an Abbot burglary in the summer of 2000 again will appear in court on the incident.

In a trial expected to begin Wednesday, the court will determine if Travis S. Crowley, 20, of Hartland is guilty of aggravated criminal trespass and assault in connection with the shooting of one dog and the assault of another dog and failure to appear.

On Friday in Piscataquis County Superior Court, Crowley admitted to associated charges by pleading guilty to five counts of burglary that occurred in the Abbot, Parkman and Ripley areas, as well as one count of theft from Somerset County.

Since his arrest on these crimes, Crowley has been charged for trafficking in prison contraband – marijuana. His initial appearance on the latest charge will be April 22 in 13th District Court.

In August 2000, Crowley and Mark Meech, 33, of St. Albans burglarized homes on the Lander Road in Parkman, on the Crow Hill Road that borders Parkman and Abbot, and a home in Ripley. One family’s springer spaniel was shot several times and killed and another springer spaniel was seriously injured when it was struck on the head.

A resident in the area noticed a suspicious vehicle at one of the homes and reported it to police. Piscataquis County Investigator Jamie Kane, who was investigating an earlier break-in, chased the two daylight burglary suspects until they drove into a cornfield in Cambridge and fled on foot. Speeds in the chase exceeded 90 mph.

The two men were apprehended that evening as they hitchhiked on Route 23 in Cambridge.

Crowley was charged with five counts of burglary and also faced charges of aggravated criminal trespass, assault and failure to appear. In addition to the burglary charges, Meech was charged with four counts of burglary, eluding an officer, operating after revocation and cruelty to animals.

Meech was sentenced to eight years in prison, with all but four years suspended, on each of the four counts of burglary; and six months in prison on each of the two other counts. The count of eluding an officer was dismissed.

Correction: A story about Travis Crowley published Wednesday in some local-regional Maine Day pages erroneously stated that a trial would begin regarding Crowley’s involvement with the shooting of a dog and the injury of another during a burglary in Abbot. Crowley already has pleaded guilty to the burglary that involved the dogs. The trial to begin this session in Piscataquis County Superior Court involves aggravated criminal trespass and assault is not connected with the Abbot burglary involving the dogs.

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