Former Milo Town Manager Sentenced in Dover-Foxcroft
Former Milo Town Manager Jeff Gahagan pleaded guilty in August to stealing around $48,000 from the Three Rivers Kiwanis Club when he was treasurer. His attorney told the judge during sentencing that he has paid back all but about $4,000.”A nine month maximum sentence is appropriate, I don’t think probation is necessary here, the money’s been paid back,” said Mike Roberts, Assistant District Attorney.”I’m here to suggest to the court that the guilt, the remorse and the shame is punishment enough for this individual. It is highly unusual when I think no jail time is the appropriate sentence in this case. No jail time will do the community any good, or does this individual any good, but that’s what in asking for,” said defense attorney Dale Thistle.Gahagan’s daughter spoke on his behalf.”After he shared this with us, my father also shared that he was suicidal. So, at the end of the day, I’m much more happy to be speaking here, then at my father’s funeral,” said Sarah Gahagan. Gahagan also addressed the judge.”I stand before you today ashamed, embarrassed, disappointed, and full of remorse,” said Jeff Gahagan. Factors that weighed into the difficult decision the judge had to make here today were members of the community, friends and family speaking in Gahagan’s behalf, as well as the almost complete pay back of restitution before sentencing.In the end, the judge sentenced Gahagan to two months in jail.”On this particular crime, I think it’s fair and reasonable. Some people in the community may not, but I think it’s fair and reasonable.” said Thistle.”I did expect him to come down to somewhere in the realm we were in because Mr. Gahagan has paid us back and has shown a lot of remorse, but I can’t agree with the 60 days, I just think that’s too light,” said Roberts.The judge also gave Gahagan one year to finish paying back the money.