On June 12, 2020, police arrested and charged Nathaniel Ashwood with attempted murder and robbery, crimes punishable by up to 30 years in prison. On November 8, 2021, minutes before the jury was to be seated, despite city street surveillance videos of the incident, shell casings recovered near the scene and Mr. Ashwood’s DNA on the gun, Attorney Verne E. Paradie successfully convinced prosecutors to dismiss the felony attempted murder and robbery charges for a plea to lesser charges. The State argued Mr. Ashwood should serve 42 months in prison. On November 11, 2021, after a sentencing hearing before Androscoggin County Superior Court Justice Harold Stewart II, the Court sentenced Mr. Ashwood to only 33 months in prison with no probation to follow.
Link to Sun Journal articles by Christopher Williams: https://www.sunjournal.com/2021/11/08/attempted-murder-suspect-pleads-to-lesser-charges/ and https://www.sunjournal.com/2021/11/10/massachusetts-man-gets-less-than-3-years-in-lewiston-shooting/