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Former Rep. Fred Wintle changes plea in gun case

11:01 AM, Mar 27, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A former Maine lawmaker who served 45 days in jail for pulling a loaded gun on a stranger in a doughnut shop parking lot has withdrawn his guilty plea to a felony criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon charge and admitted to a lesser offense.

Former Republican state Rep. Frederick Wintle of Garland, under a plea deal, pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor criminal threatening.

The Kennebec Journal reports the 60-year-old Wintle was allowed to change his plea because he successfully completed a 12-month deferred disposition. If he had failed, he faced five years in prison.

The victim told police he did nothing to provoke Wintle when the lawmaker pointed the gun at him outside a Waterville Dunkin' Donuts in May 2011.

Wintle's lawyer blamed mental health problems. Wintle later resigned.

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Information from: Kennebec Journal, http://www.kjonline.com/

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