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Case Number: 2:21-cr-00005-NT
Judge: Nancy Torresen
Court: United States District Court for the District of Maine (Cumberland County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office
Description: Portland, Maine stalking charge criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Lawrence Keenan, IV, age 30, who was charged with stalking and traveling interstate to violate a protection order.
According to court documents, in June 2020, Defendant began sending harassing text messages to a former girlfriend and her family in an effort to reconcile. When the victim, who resided in South Berwick, Maine at the time, refused to respond, Keenan also sent threatening messages to the victim and her former husband, which caused them both emotional distress. The victim then obtained a temporary protection order from the Maine District Court in York. The order prohibited Keenan from contacting the victim or entering her residence, which Keenan later did, resulting in his arrest. The temporary order was later made final by the Maine District Court. Keenan was released on bail with a new condition that he not return to South Berwick.
In late June 2020, Keenan left approximately 23 harassing and threatening voicemails for the victim in violation of the final protection order and state bail conditions. In the last message, Keenan warned the victim that he was on his way to her residence. Keenan drove from New Hampshire to Maine with the intent to violate the protection order. In the early morning of June 29, 2020, the South Berwick Police responded to a 911 call and found Keenan inside the porch of the victim’s residence. She was not home at the time.
Keenan faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each charge. He also faces up to three years of supervised release. He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.
The South Berwick, Maine and Somersworth, New Hampshire police departments; the York County District Attorney’s Office; and the FBI investigated the case.
This case was part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.
CYBERSTALKING, 18:2261A(2)(B) and 2261(b)(5)
INTERSTATE VIOLATION OF PROTECTION ORDER, 18:2262(a)(1) and (b)(5)
Outcome: 02/10/2021 Case unsealed as to LAWRENCE KEENAN IV (mnd) (Entered: 02/11/2021)
02/10/2021 42 ORAL WAIVER OF INDICTMENT by LAWRENCE KEENAN IV (mnd) (Entered: 02/11/2021)
02/10/2021 43 Minute Entry for proceedings as to LAWRENCE KEENAN IV held before JUDGE NANCY TORRESEN. The defendant waived his right to be physically present for the hearing and consented to proceeding by video. Defendant advised of his rights and the charges against him and waived his right to prosecution by Indictment and consented to prosecution by Information. Video Waiver of Indictment and Arraignment Hearing held. Guilty Plea entered as to Counts 1 and 2 of the Information; Plea accepted. Defendant remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal. (Court Reporter: Dennis Ford) (mnd) (Entered: 02/11/2021)
02/10/2021 44 ORDER as to LAWRENCE KEENAN IV: Pursuant to the Due Process Protection Act, Pub.L.No. 116-182, 134 Stat. 894 (Oct. 21,2020) and Rule 5(f) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, the United States is reminded of its obligation to disclose in a timely manner all exculpatory evidence to the defendant, that is, all evidence that is favorable to the defendant or tends to cast doubt on the United States' case, as required by Brady v. Maryland 383 U.S. 83 (1963) and its progeny. Failure to comply with this order may result in consequences, including, but not limited to, the reversal of any conviction, the exclusion of evidence, adverse jury instructions, dismissal of charges, contempt proceedings, disciplinary action, and/or sanctions by the Court. So Ordered. By JUDGE NANCY TORRESEN. (mnd) (Entered: 02/11/2021)