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January 22, 2014

Former Windham man sent to prison

Woman in his home died of drug overdose


“It was readily apparent he was out of it,” Turner said.

Police searched Ida and the pickup, finding a drug kit, hypodermic needles and a small amount of heroin.

After he was placed in a holding cell at the Salem police station, Lt. Ronald Peddle testified that he watched on a monitor as Ida transferred a loaded 9mm handgun from his sock to his pants pocket.

“At that point, he bent over and pulled up his left pant leg and produced what was clearly a pistol,” Peddle said.

Moments earlier, Ida had been searching beneath a mattress in the cell.

Officers immediately confronted Ida and confiscated the gun, Peddle said. The gun was stolen in Lewiston, Maine, in 2011, police said.

State forensic lab criminologist Patrick Keough testified that a lab analysis of a brown powdered substance seized during Ida’s arrest confirmed it was heroin.

Prosecutor Lisa Cirulli told Wageling that Ida should serve prison time for violating his suspended sentence and carrying a handgun. Public defender Deanna Campbell admitted her client had suffered a “relapse” and asked that he instead serve a year in the county jail.

Cirulli disagreed.

“The nature of the allegations are serious,” she said. “He didn’t just relapse. He is engaging in extremely dangerous behavior.”

Cirulli said a year in jail would not serve as deterrent. He had also been convicted of possession of a controlled drug in 2006.

“Sending him back there will teach him nothing from the state’s perspective,” Cirulli said

Wageling agreed to the prison sentence.

“He has clearly crossed the line by having a loaded weapon in jail,” the judge said. “I hope you get back in the saddle and work on your life.”

Ida had been held in lieu of $50,000 cash bail following his arrest in Salem. He now faces possible indictment by a grand jury on the Salem charges.

Ida was charged with felony possession of heroin, being a felon in possession of a firearm, receiving stolen property (the handgun), transportation of drugs in a motor vehicle and carrying a handgun without a license.

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