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Ex-Maine lawmaker pleads not guilty on gun charges

November 29, 2011
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AUGUSTA, Maine—A former Maine legislator who was barred from the State House after being charged with pulling a loaded gun on a stranger in a Waterville parking lot has pleaded not guilty to three charges.

During a brief appearance Tuesday in Kennebec County Superior Court, Frederick Wintle entered the pleas on charges of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, reckless conduct and carrying a concealed weapon. Wintle, who resigned from the Maine House of Representatives in September, was indicted by a grand jury in October.

His attorney, Leonard Sharon, has said Wintle's actions were the result of a mental breakdown.

Wintle entered his not guilty pleas during a hearing before Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy, who scheduled further action on the case for Jan. 3.

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