FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, April 04, 2018 Contact: Brendan O'Brien871-8384
SERIAL OUI OFFENDER SENTENCEDPORTLAND, ME—Cumberland County District Attorney Stephanie Anderson announces that John C. Forbis 49 of Buxton was sentenced on three Operating Under the Influence related cases before Justice Thomas D. Warren in the Cumberland County Superior Court on April 2, 2018 in Portland, Maine.
On March 16, 2018, the defendant was tried and convicted of Aggravated Operating Under the Influence (OUI), a Class B crime, before Justice Warren in Unified Criminal Docket # 17-7212. He was sentenced Tuesday on the Aggravated OUI; Operating with a Suspended License during an OUI suspension; Failure to Give Correct Name, and Violation of Conditions of Release. The defendant was sentenced to 10 years of incarceration with all but 7 years suspended, consecutive to the 6 months he received in 17-5298. Once released he will be on probation for three years with conditions requiring that he not use or possess alcohol beverages, not use or possess motor vehicle keys, that he not operate a motor vehicle and to engage in counseling. He also received an additional 10 year license suspension, and a consecutive 3 year license suspension and a fine.The defendant was also sentenced on Unified Criminal Docket #'s 17-5298 and 17-3396.In Unified Criminal Docket #17-5298, the defendant was sentenced to 6 months in jail for Operating with a Suspended License during an OUI suspension, a class E crime. The defendant received a 1 year consecutive license suspension and fines. He was also charged with three additional misdemeanor offenses in this incident: Unlawful Use of License, and two counts of Violation of Bail which were for possessing motor vehicle keys and committing a new criminal act.In Unified Criminal Docket # 17-3396, the defendant was sentenced on Aggravated OUI, a class B crime. He received a straight sentence of 6 years of incarceration consecutive to Docket # 17-5298 and concurrent to the Aggravated Operating Under the Influence Docket # 17-7212. He also received a 10 year license suspension and a fine.The defendant has eight prior convictions for Operating Under the Influence since 1990, including two prior felony OUI convictions. Assistant District Attorney Brendan O'Brien who prosecuted the case stated, “his criminal behavior is not simply a matter of chemical dependency, it demonstrates a complete disregard for the law and the safety of the community.”