Monday, December 9, 2013
AUGUSTA -- A jury cleared a 23-year-old Gardiner man of charges of domestic violence assault and domestic violence terrorizing.
Dakota Terranova had been arrested on those charges on May 2 in Farmingdale.
The verdict came Wednesday afternoon at the conclusion of a one-day trial in Kennebec County Superior Court.
Terranova's attorney, Darrick Banda, said a charge of domestic violence assault naming Terranova's daughter as victim was dismissed, and that the other alleged victim admitted lying to state police who investigated the incident.
Banda said the state gave the woman immunity from prosecution midway through if she would testify truthfully.
Terranova took the stand in his own defense. "He told state police and he told everybody that he didn't do anything," Banda said on Wednesday.
Terranova has been free on $500 bail since the arrest in May, and Banda said his client was happy to be cleared of the charges and able once again to see his daughter. A condition of his bail had prevented that.
The jury deliberated for less than 20 minutes before returning with the verdict.