September 16, 2019
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Former Guilford man gets two years

DOVER-FOXCROFT – A former Guilford man who was convicted of multiple domestic abuse-related crimes will serve two years in prison.

A jury sitting in Piscataquis County Superior Court in September found Mark Durant, 30, guilty of 13 counts of assault, and one count each of terrorizing, reckless conduct with use of a dangerous weapon, and criminal threatening with use of a dangerous weapon.

On Monday afternoon, Chief Justice Nancy Mills sentenced Durant to four years in prison with all but two years suspended and four years probation for reckless conduct with use of a dangerous weapon; four years in prison with all suspended and four years probation for criminal threatening with use of a dangerous weapon; and 10 months in prison on each of the 13 assaults and one count of terrorizing, to be served concurrently with the sentence for reckless conduct with use of a dangerous weapon.

Durant also was sentenced on three associated charges. He received one year in prison each for violation of conditions of release and two counts of failure to appear, also to be served concurrently with the earlier sentence.

As a result, Durant will serve a total of two years in prison and be on probation for eight years.

Piscataquis County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said Monday that he was satisfied with the sentence and that Justice Mills recognized the defendant was a dangerous person.

Durant was convicted after his ex-wife, Shannon Durant Dorr, testified Durant battered her for four years. She said he smashed his closed fist into her face, broke her nose and slammed her head into walls, incidents that often occurred after Durant had consumed alcohol. She testified that she continually had bruises and bumps on her body, some of which were seen by others, and that she recorded the abusive episodes as a dash or a triangle on a calendar she kept.

Dorr also testified that Durant had an arsenal of guns and ammunition in their home and had threatened to use them on her.


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