A Belfast man pleaded guilty to charges of kidnapping, robbery and attempted murder in Waldo County Superior Court April 13, and now awaits his sentencing.

All three charges are Class A crimes. Under Maine law, each Class A offense carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

Stanley L. Ward, 22, sat “without reaction or emotion,” according to Deputy District Attorney Eric Walker, as he listened to the details of the case the state would have presented to the court had Ward pleaded not-guilty.

The charges stemmed from a Nov. 24 incident in which Ward reportedly kidnapped, robbed and attempted to murder a 72-year-old Belfast woman. According to police reports and court documents filed at the time of the crime, Ward came to the victim’s home on the afternoon of Nov. 24 and told her his father, who had done yard work for the victim, had recently suffered a stroke. Ward told her that he himself had lost his jobs and needed money. The victim invited Ward into her home and asked how she could help. When she offered to find him yard work, he became angry, assaulted her, put a knife to her throat and demanded money from her.

Police said when she gave him the cash she had, Ward bound her hands together with duct tape, forced her into her car, and drove her to a place she did not recognize. According to police, the victim offered to write Ward a check when he demanded more money from her, but she explained  that her checkbook was at her home. They returned to the victim’s home, where she wrote Ward a check for $300. Afterward, police said, he forced her back into her car and drove to a trailer. The trailer was located on a dirt road near Dutton Pond in the town of Knox, off Route 137.

According to police, Ward forced the victim into the trailer, where he stabbed her and sliced her throat several times. Ward then left the victim in the trailer, where she told police she lost consciousness for some time. Eventually, she managed to crawl out of the trailer and onto the dirt road.

She heard a vehicle coming and, fearful it might be Ward, hid in a nearby ditch. While in the ditch, according to police, the victim saw that the passing truck resembled Ward’s vehicle, and she watched it head toward the trailer where Ward had left her. Ward emerged from the truck, entered the trailer and then left after a few minutes, according to police.

The victim, according to police, crawled for some time until she reached what was later determined to be Route 137. A passerby stopped to assist the victim and an ambulance was called. Ward was arrested at his Patterson Hill home the following morning.

Walker said Ward told police that he had been planning his crimes for two days. Ward told police his original target was another elderly woman from Northport, according to Walker, but when Ward discovered that woman was out of town for the Thanksgiving holiday, he decided instead to target his second choice — the woman in Belfast, who became the victim in the case. Walker said both women had hired Ward’s father to do their landscaping work.

Ward told police that he went to the victim’s home with duct tape and a knife, Walker said, and also told police that he had parked just down the road from the victim’s home and walked to her house from there.

According to Walker, the victim attended Tuesday afternoon’s hearing.

“She didn’t speak,” Walker said. “She just sat quietly in the back of the courtroom and watched.”

Walker said sentencing will likely take place around the end of May and that the victim, who plans to address the court at sentencing, has prepared a victim impact statement.

Walker also said preparations are under way for sentencing memoranda — documents that will be presented to the court shortly before sentencing. In those memoranda, he said, will be details about Ward’s case, as well as details from other cases of a similar nature from around the state and the sentences given in those cases. They will also have details about Ward’s work and school history, as well as his criminal record.

Although multiple sentences involving jail or prison time are often served concurrently, Walker said the court has the option of ordering such sentences to be served consecutively in certain cases.

Because Ward’s guilty plea is considered an “open plea” — there was no plea agreement made — Walker said Ward was warned in court by Justice Jeffrey Hjelm about the possibility of having to serve whatever sentences he receives consecutively.