NEWBURYPORT — Alleged gang leader Paris Cormier will be facing a jury of his peers next month as he faces a domestic assault and battery charge levied against him after his arrest in April for allegedly throwing a lit glass candle at his girlfriend.
Cormier, 27, aka P. Dawt, and known by police as the leader of a wannabe Salisbury gang Crimesquad 4 Life 3:19, will remain locked up until the June 16 trial at Newburyport District Court. Last month, a Newburyport District Court judge considered him too dangerous to be afforded bail following his arrest.
On April 4, Cormier, whose last known address was on Northern Boulevard, was charged with domestic assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (subsequent offense) and a previous warrant. His arrest came soon after his alleged victim fled the Northend Boulevard apartment she shared with him and called police from a Seabrook gas station just across the border. The victim told police that Cormier had thrown a lit glass candle at her, striking her on the bridge of her nose.
The candle caused a large gash that resulted in the victim likely needing stitches to close the wound.
Court records show Cormier has amassed a lengthy criminal record with a long history of violence, armed felony assault and battery and numerous drug violations in the local area.
In January 2011, Cormier was arrested by Amesbury police and charged with converting a vacant Main Street apartment into a drug-dealing center with the help of four other people.
He is also a known associate of Reginald Cummings, the Newburyport High School graduate considered a person of interest in the November murder and dismemberment of Dennis Ray Jackson.
The former Amesbury resident’s body parts were discovered in two locations: inside a barrel located on property owned by Bridgewater State Prison and behind a Hyde Park building.