Winslow Man To Serve 15 Years For Shooting Outside Waterville Bar
A Winslow man is headed to prison for 15 years after shooting another man outside a Waterville bar last December. As part of a plea agreement, 30-year-old Matthew Partridge pleaded guilty to manslaughter this morning in Augusta.Partridge shot 26-year-old Justin Smith of China twice after a bar fight at “You Know Who’s Pub” in Waterville last December.Prosecutors say the fight started when one of Smith’s friends refused to give one of Partridge’s friends a cigarette.Members of Smith’s family took turns addressing Partridge and the judge repeatedly calling Partridge a “coward” and a “monster”.Among those Justin Smith leaves behind, his parents, sister and his 3-year-old son Tucker.Brenda Smith, the victim’s mother, addressed the court at the sentencing. At one point she talked directly to Partridge who never once looked back at her. “As Justin’s mother and his friend I’ve lost my greatest treasure. My first born and a piece of my soul,” she said fighting back tears. “Not enough has been done here today to make any of this right. But you will have a higher power to answer to. There is no forgiveness for what you have done. We pray you go straight to hell.”Partridge was sentenced to 25-years in prison with all but 15 years suspended and four years probation. He’s forbidden to have contact with any of Smith’s immediate family and he’ll be prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm. He’ll also be prohibited from consuming or possessing alcohol or other intoxicants during the period of his 4 year probation.