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Springer Pleads No Contest To 2008 Sexual Assault 

A Pasadumkeag man pleaded no contest today to raping a woman, after breaking into her home. 38-year-old Derwin Springer Jr. appeared in court in Bangor today to answer to those charges.Springer says he doesn’t remember breaking into the Passadumkeag home of a 60-year-old woman in October of last year. According to the District Attorney’s office, the victim awoke early that morning and was sexually assaulted by Springer.Police matched Springer’s DNA to evidence from the scene. He voluntarily submitted to the DNA test. The recommended sentence would have Springer serve 15 years in prison. Prosecutors say the victim is just relieved this is almost over. “She’s happy she’s going to be able to put this behind her it’s been almost a year that this things been pending,” says Deputy District Attorney Michael Roberts, “she’s obviously had to live with it throughout that time period and she’s gratified we’re get that we’re gonna get that done before we get into the holiday season and you want to concentrate on other things in your life.”Defense Attorney Jeff Silverstein says, while his client has no memory of that night, he accepts the court’s findings. “We’ve gone over the evidence the DNA evidence has been reviewed by independent consultants it appears to be reliable,” says Silverstein, “and Mr. Springer has come to terms with the status of the case and and the strength of the State’s case and his apparent role in this and has decided to spare everyone a trial.”The District Attorney says they hope to schedule sentencing for the first week in November.