Percy E. Sargent plea bargains
October 21, 1981, eight months after informant Percy Cote was sentenced to two years in state prison, Percy Sargent, Jr. plea-bargained (Percy knew how to play the system) with the state for drug trafficking the night Mike was murdered. He was sentenced to two years which was to run concurrent with his rape charge. He had been sentenced to eight years in Maine State Prison for rape in April of 1981. The news reported that he could have been sentenced to twenty years. His appeal for the rape had been denied the day before he went to court on the drug trafficking charge. He tried to have the two-year sentence reduced by convincing the judge that he was only acting as the middleman. But his SBI record for drug trafficking showed, at that date, that drug dealing was second nature to Percy Sargent.
Judge MacInnes gave Sargent a lenient sentence:
"The reason I am going along with it [Concurrent sentence], most likely, it is not a valid one, and that is that you have this other eight-year matter to serve [for rape] and so it somewhat colors the whole sentencing procedure here. If you were just standing here now to be sentenced on this and there was nothing else, I imagine I would not go along with any two-year sentence, because I would say, look, he got two-and-a-half one time, then he had gotten way in excess of that, and that has not worked, so we might as well put him down there where he won’t be getting involved in this. ...
     To give you less of a sentence because of the other [sentence for rape], that is where I may not be entirely sensible, but I have to realize that you have got eight years [for rape] plus all the time you get off, and that is a long period of time, very much so ... [The news reported that Sargent could have been sentenced to 20 years for rape.]
    “I am going to make it concurrent in the hopes that when you get out, after serving what time you have to on the eight years [for rape] that perhaps things will be different. You would be old enough, mature enough, then to try different endeavors, proper ones, and those are the reasons why I feel that I have to make the two-year sentence concurrent. I hope I am not making too big an error. ...
     But, you may decide that that is enough because, you know, we do not live terribly long. It is a short trip and to waste it incarcerated, you know that is just plain foolish, just plain foolish. You are an intelligent person. You could make a lot of money if you decided to go to work. You have got a good brain. You can make five, six times a month as you make on this foolishness."
December 3, 1980,  Judge MacInnes sentenced Mike to the maximum sentence that the law allowed for his first drug offense.  Count I: unlawful trafficking in schedule x drugs - 5 years and Count II: Unlawful trafficking in schedule Z drugs - 1 year, except the one year ran concurrent with the five years.