January 7

Former Scarborough firefighter sentenced to eight years in brutal attack

Eric Gwaro beat and stomped Sherri York unconscious in 2012, then hid the injured woman from neighbors.

By Scott Dolan sdolan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Eric Gwaro becomes emotional as he reads comments during his sentencing in Cumberland County Unified Criminal Court in Portland on Monday. During his comments, Gwaro apologized to Sherri York’s family members, who were in the courtroom, for his 2012 attack on York, which left her permanently impaired.

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Eric Gwaro listens to Justice Joyce Wheeler sentence Gwaro to eight years in prison for his attack on Sherri York in 2012 during his sentencing at Cumberland County Unified Criminal Court in Portland on Monday, Janaury 6, 2014. With Gwaro are his attorneys Daniel Lilley, left, and Tina Nadeau.

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“I can assure everyone that I will never, ever behave in such a fashion again,” Gwaro said. “Being in this jail has opened my eyes to the fact that I am truly an alcoholic.”

The prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Megan Elam, rejected Gwaro’s claim that his actions were a result of being intoxicated and sought a 20-year prison sentence with four years of probation.

“Sherri will never be the same,” Elam said. “When I heard Mr. Gwaro’s testimony, I thought it was the most concocted pile of lies I had heard from a defendant for a long time.”

Gwaro’s attorneys, Daniel Lilley and Tina Nadeau, asked for a two-year prison sentence with four years of probation, saying he needs rehabilitation to address his alcoholism more than he does punishment.

Lilley quoted from a report by a state-hired psychologist that said “the primary factor that has led Mr. Gwaro into this criminal behavior and to this point in his life in general is alcohol.”

Wheeler said that in arriving at an eight-year prison sentence, she acknowledged that Gwaro has already served 14 months of that and is likely to benefit from an early release program before serving his full term. She ordered Gwaro to refrain from alcohol and undergo counseling.

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Eric Gwaro looks to his attorney Daniel Lilley as Lilley addresses Justice Joyce Wheeler during Gwaro’s sentencing at Cumberland County Unified Criminal Court in Portland on Monday, Janaury 6, 2014. Gwaro was sentenced to eight years in prison for his attack on Sherri York in 2012.

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