Maine man sentenced for bat-wielding attack in Portsmouth
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.
Prosecutors said Hartley broke into the Maple Haven neighborhood home on Sept. 22 through a back door sometime before 1:30 a.m.
Hartley then fled from the home.
Portsmouth police were called to the Maple Haven neighborhood, and arrested Hartley after a brief search in the area.
He had also been indicted on counts of burglary and possession of a controlled drug, which were also punishable by state prison time.
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.