BANGOR – A Bangor judge is deciding whether to send a Cutler man back to prison or give him one more chance at rehabilitation.
While Penobscot County Superior Court Judge John Lucy decides Scott Ramsdell’s future residence, the 49-year-old remains in Penobscot County Jail.
It was a little more than five years ago when Ramsdell drove away from a Bangor methadone clinic and a short time later crashed head-on into a car driven by 47-year-old Denise Golding of Eddington. Golding was pronounced dead at the scene.
“It’s been five very long years since this happened,” Golding’s mother, Donna Oliver, said during a hearing Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center.
“You often hear people talking about closure and in situations like this, it does not bring closure,” District Attorney Marianne Lynch said Tuesday during a hearing at the Penobscot Judicial Center.
Ramsdell initially was sentenced to 10 years in jail but would only have to serve 27 months as long as he followed probation restrictions. The district attorney said Ramsdell was in court Tuesday because he admitted to his probation officer that he had used an illegal drug.
The judge is expected to announce his decision on Ramsdell’s fate within the next few weeks.
In the meantime, Oliver said, her daughter’s children question whether the system is working.
“Some of them are still pretty angry. They just don’t understand that he’s still getting chances,” she said.