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Maine man sentenced for bat-wielding attack in Portsmouth

BRENTWOOD — A masked man who beat two people inside a Portsmouth home with a metal baseball bat was sentenced to 15 to 30 years in state prison on Friday.

Terrence Hartley, 47, of Clinton, Maine, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree assault on Friday in Rockingham County Superior Court as part a negotiated deal with county prosecutors.

Hartley received the maximum sentence on the two assault convictions — 7½ to 15 years for each charge — which are being served consecutively in state prison.

Prosecutors said Hartley broke into the Maple Haven neighborhood home on Sept. 22 through a back door sometime before 1:30 a.m.

During the attack, Hartley hit a Labrador retriever and went after his sister-in-law and the homeowner, striking each of them several times with the metal bat, according to prosecutors.

Hartley then fled from the home.

The woman suffered injuries to her hand, left thigh and right knee. The man was hit in the back, hand, ear and knee, prosecutors said.

Portsmouth police were called to the Maple Haven neighborhood, and arrested Hartley after a brief search in the area.

The two victims were treated for their injuries at Portsmouth Regional Hospital and later released. Hartley initially faced nine charges, including seven counts of first-degree assault.

He had also been indicted on counts of burglary and possession of a controlled drug, which were also punishable by state prison time.

Hartley had a quantity of cocaine on him when he was arrested by police.

Hartley has a lengthy criminal record and was a registered sex offender in Maine at the time of his arrest. That state’s sex offender website says Hartley is required to register for life due to his prior sexual assault convictions.

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