Millinocket man gets 10 years in 1999 shooting spree — (Bangor Daily News)

SSRI Ed note: Man on Paxil drinks, shoots up his quiet street, firing 20-30 rounds from his home, many evacuated but nobody hurt. Gets 15 years.

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Bangor Daily News (ME)

November 3, 2000

Author: Judy Harrison Of the NEWS Staff; BANGOR DAILY NEWS (BANGOR, MAINE

The man who terrorized a quiet Millinocket neighborhood last year was sentenced Thursday in Penobscot County Superior Court to 15 years in prison, all but 10 suspended, and four years of probation.

A convicted felon, Stanley Doyle, 55, pleaded guilty in July to a variety of charges, including criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and assault, stemming from a Nov. 13, 1999, incident during which Doyle peppered his Orchard Street neighborhood with gunshots. No one was injured in the incident.

“Thanks to good luck, the most serious of all these charges is possession of a firearm by a felon,” Justice Francis Marsano said in imposing the maximum sentence for that charge.

“Mr. Doyle was convicted of killing [his brother] with a weapon. … He lost his Second Amendment right for that prior conviction.”

Doyle was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in 1970 after he killed his younger brother in Idaho.

He served eight years of a 10-year sentence.

Dressed in a gray business suit, Doyle shook his head and ran his fingers through his neatly trimmed goatee as Marsano imposed the sentence.

After the hearing, Doyle met with Ethel Doyle, his wife of more than 20 years, in a conference room adjacent to the courtroom.

The two could be seen holding hands, hugging and kissing when the door was left open.

Assistant District Attorney Douglas Campbell asked that the court sentence Doyle to 12 years in prison and eight years of probation.

“He victimized this entire neighborhood, putting people at considerable risk,” Campbell told the judge.

“The residents of Millinocket were absolutely horrified by this event.”

Twenty to 30 people were evacuated when Doyle fired about 20 gunshots from his home.

The Maine State Police tactical team spent several hours trying to convince Doyle to surrender.

Eventually, police fired tear gas into his home and found him unconscious when they entered the building about two hours later, ending the seven-hour standoff.

Doyle’s attorney, Charles W. Hodsdon II of Bangor, argued that the 12-year sentence for which Campbell asked meant Doyle “was looking at a life sentence given my client’s health.”

After the sentencing , the defense attorney said Doyle “has a number of different physical difficulties including poor organ function. He may not survive his time incarcerated.”

Hodsdon also told the court that the incident last year was a result of Doyle’s ceasing to take the antidepressant Paxil about a week before the altercation and had been drinking before the standoff took place.

He said that since being released on bail, Doyle had maintained his sobriety and was taking his medication.

Marsano sentenced Doyle to three consecutive five-year terms, all but 10 suspended.

As part of the plea agreement with prosecutors, the most serious charges, including attempted murder, were dropped.

The judge lso ordered Doyle to forfeit all firearms and to pay restitution to the Millinocket Police Department for damage to a cruiser and to the owner of the house where the Doyles were living at the time of the incident.

Dateline:  BANGOR