Houlton man claims self-defense after allegedly taking pictures one other man in foot

HOULTON, Maine — A Houlton man advised a decide he acted in self-defense when he allegedly shot one other man within the foot Wednesday.

Paul J. Stockley, 34, was arrested Wednesday afternoon after allegedly taking pictures Andrew Reeves, 38, of Linneus on Benn Hill Highway in Hodgdon.

District Court docket Decide Robert Langner set bail Thursday at $10,000 money. Stockley appeared in district courtroom by way of Zoom from the Aroostook County Jail.

Paul Stockley seems in district courtroom by way of zoom from the Aroostook County Jail for his bail listening to associated to an alleged taking pictures. His bail was set at $10,000 money on Thursday, Jan. 19,. Credit score: Kathleen Phalen Thomaselli / Houlton Pioneer Occasions

Charged with elevated aggravated assault, a category A felony, and reckless conduct with a firearm, a category C felony, Stockley remained in jail Friday morning, unable to publish bail, in line with Aroostook County Sheriff’s Workplace.

Protection Legal professional Jeff Pickering requested the courtroom to set bail at $1,000 money, including that he understood the rationale for money bail was due to the seriousness of the fees.

Assistant District Legal professional Chris Chu detailed an extended historical past of Stockley’s convictions relating to a different particular person residing on the Hodgdon residence and requested for increased money bail at $10,000.

“Mr. Stockley, over the course of the final decade, has on a number of events had convictions for violating protecting orders involving the identical particular person,” Chu stated. “And now we’re graduating to alleging the usage of a harmful weapon.”

Previous to Wednesday’s taking pictures, Aroostook County Sheriff deputies have been known as to the Hodgdon residence a number of instances that week for trespass and disorderly incidents involving Stockley, in line with the sheriff’s report.

Reeves stated Stockley shot him within the foot by his boot exterior the Benn Hill Highway residence, in line with Deputy Eric Corbin. The accidents weren’t life-threatening, police stated.

Reeves advised deputies he was exterior the Benn Hill Highway residence with canines when he noticed Stockley and one other man pull up close to the mailboxes, and he was sick of Stockley’s threatening conduct towards him and others residing on the residence, Corbin stated.

Stockley was reportedly yelling at Reeves, who advised Corbin he grabbed a hatchet, pulled his automobile as much as Stockley’s automobile, acquired out and smashed the hatchet by Stockley’s rear window, leaving the hatchet within the automobile, in line with police.

Stockley allegedly pulled out a 9mm handgun and shot Reeves, police reported.

On the time of the arrest, police recovered a black Taurus G3 9mm handgun, two magazines and a holster belonging to Stockley and a hatchet belonging to Reeves.

Throughout Stockley’s bail listening to, Langner stated he needed to contemplate the totality of occasions main as much as the alleged taking pictures and whether or not there’s a danger of hurt to a selected individual.

“The perfect predictor of the longer term is the previous. It has been urged to me that you just’ve acquired a historical past of violations of safety orders, bail circumstances and different issues. That doesn’t bode effectively for this courtroom’s circumstances,” Langner stated.

Circumstances of launch embrace no contact with the victims on the Hodgdon residence, not returning to the residence and never possession of harmful weapons, together with firearms.

Stockley’s arraignment is ready for 1 p.m. Might 2 in Houlton.

If convicted, Stockley faces as much as 30 years in jail and a $50,000 superb.