CALAIS – A 14-year-old Robbinston juvenile who said he threatened his neighbor’s grandchildren with a bullet, not a gun, was sentenced Monday in 4th District Court on threatening charges.
Jordan A. McLellan was charged with two counts of criminal threatening as a result of a July incident involving two children ages 7 and 9. The youngsters were visiting their grandparents who are neighbors of McLellan.
McLellan was sentenced to an “indeterminate sentence” in the Maine Youth Center until his 16th birthday, with all suspended; McLellan was placed on one-year probation.
McLellan was expelled from the Robbinston Grade School shortly after the incident. The three boys attend school there.
Assistant District Attorney Stephanie Davis told Judge John Romei that the dispute started over McLellan’s puppy.
The boys said they were playing with McLellan’s puppy when he became angry and started to throw rocks at them. “[One of the boys] told him he was stupid and told him to stop throwing rocks,” Davis said.
According to Davis, the boys said that McLellan went into his house and came out with a .22-caliber rifle and a black shotgun. “He put the shotgun away and then got a .22-caliber shell off the table and put the bullet in the gun,” the assistant district attorney said.
When the father of the boys went to pick them up, the boys “came running out from behind [their grandmother’s] car and said they were glad he was there,” according to Davis.
The victims said that Jordan McLellan had threatened them with a gun and said he would shoot them if they came out into the open, Davis told the judge.
But McLellan told police a different story. “He asked the victims to stop running so his puppy wouldn’t get lost,” Davis said. “He admitted going into the house and bringing a .22 [rifle] and a shell out. [But] McLellan said he raised the shell in the air, but put it on the table. [He did] not put it into the gun,” the assistant district attorney said.
The mother of the victims told the judge on Monday that her children had been traumatized by the incident. “They are scared of Jordan,” she said in court.
McLellan’s attorney, Carol Lewis of Lubec, said that her client had taken responsibility immediately. She said he did not have a prior criminal record and this was the first such incident. She said McLellan’s mother had acted responsibly and removed all guns from the house. She said the mother also has sought counseling for her son. “He is an excellent probation candidate,” she told the judge.
Romei said he believed that young people like McLellan needed to be rehabilitated and not discarded. The judge said he was troubled that the school had expelled the 14-year-old.
He suggested that McLellan’s mother apply to Pine Tree Legal for assistance to get her son back in school. “He needs to be in school,” Romei said. The judge said it was also good that McLellan was in counseling. “He needs tools to cope with his anger,” he said.
Romei, speaking directly to McLellan told him that everyone makes mistakes and although McLellan couldn’t change the past, he could have control over his future. “I wish you well,” he said.