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Warden Impersonator Gets 30 Days in Jail
Dylan Willey
Dylan Willey

A Waldoboro man was sentenced to two concurrent 30-day jail terms for impersonating a game warden and restraining a Warren man with zip-ties last fall, according to Rockland District Court documents.

Dylan Willey, 21, was arrested Nov. 18 and charged with criminal restraint, Class D, and impersonating a public servant, Class E. He pleaded guilty to both charges on Dec. 3, according to court documents.

In an interview March. 3, Willey offered his apologies to those involved.

"I do have apologies for everybody that was a part of it," Willey said. "I do apologize for any action on my behalf to the family, and to the victim. It wasn't supposed to turn out like that. It was supposed to just be a prank which turned out bad."

According to a report by Warden Mark Merrifield, of the Maine Warden Service, the stepfather of the Warren man who Willey restrained contacted Merrifield after the incident took place.

The stepfather relayed that Willey came to speak to the victim about illegal hunting in the area, told the victim he was taking him into custody, and zip-tied the victim's hands behind his back, according to the report.

Willey was believed to have a hand gun in his hand and allegedly told the victim he had a 12-gauge shotgun in his truck, and the victim saw what he thought was a bullet-proof vest and the stock of a rifle in the vehicle, the stepfather said, according to the report.

After telling the victim he would let him go if the victim would provide information about poaching, Willey cut off the zip-ties and the victim wrote the name of alleged poachers and drug users on a piece of paper which Willey kept, according to the report.

After Willey was arrested, Merrifield found half of the zip-ties used in the restraint in Willey's truck, and the other half was found in a driveway where the truck had been parked the night before.

Merrifield wrote that Willey allegedly gave a full confession to the allegations during an interview, except for the possession of any firearms.

A statement written by Willey filed with the court describes conversations he had with the victim about poaching, but does not address either of the crimes he was charged with.

Willey was sentenced to two 30- day jail terms for the crimes, both to be served concurrently with 30 days of a partially suspended sentence from a 2013 conviction of criminal threatening, Class D.

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