2017-04-06 / Front Page

Grand jury indicts Cornish suspect for alleged grandparent threats

Senior Staff Writer

ALFRED — A York County grand jury has handed up a three-count indictment against a Cornish man whom sheriff’s deputies say threatened his grandparents and wreaked havoc inside their home in January.

Brandon Gignac of Old Limington Road in Cornish is charged with Class B felony terrorizing, Class C felony criminal threatening and misdemeanor Class D criminal mischief in connection with an incident Jan. 8 at the home he shared with his grandparents.

Sheriff’s deputies allege Gignac threatened his grandparents with a knife and threatened to hit his grandmother in the face with a vase.

The couple was not injured.

Gignac remains at the York County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.

The incident prompted his grandparents to flee their home and seek help.

In a January statement, York County Sheriff William King said a sheriff’s deputy was flagged down by the couple, who told him Gignac was threatening to hurt them and was damaging the house.

King said Gignac was apparently upset because his phone battery ran out of power and he misplaced his headphones. During the episode, the 21-year-old allegedly picked up a vase and threatened to hit his grandmother in the face with it before breaking it on the dining room table. 

King said Gignac then grabbed a knife and began threatening the couple.

Damage to the couple’s home is estimated at $2,000.

An arraignment darte has not been set.

If convicted of a Class B felony, Gignac could be sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in prison. The maximum prison penalty for a Class C crime is five years.  

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 324-4444 (local call in Sanford) or 282-1535, ext. 327 or twells@journaltribune.com

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