Hart enters not guilty plea to bail violation charge

Posted Oct. 22, 2008, at 11:59 a.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 6:17 a.m.

Jeremy Hart was back in jailhouse orange when he appeared Wednesday morning in 3rd District Court in Bangor accused of violating his bail conditions because he had tested positive for marijuana and Percocet.

Hart, 35, of LaGrange, who a week ago pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the shooting death of his wife last year, entered a not guilty plea Wednesday to violation of conditions of release. He will be held without bail at the Penobscot County Jail until a hearing can be scheduled next week on a motion to revoke his bail.

The house where Hart shot and killed his wife, Kristen Smart Hart, 24, on Nov. 29 was damaged in a fire that occurred in late June or early July, according to court documents. The fire marshal is investigating the incident.

Hart, originally charged with murder, was arrested on Dec. 2. He was released from jail on $100,000 cash bail in June. It was not clear Wednesday morning whether he was released before or after the fire.

In a plea agreement with prosecutor’s, Hart agreed to plead guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter. Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson, who is prosecuting the case, agreed to recommend a 15-year sentence. Defense attorney Stephen Smith of Bangor is expected to argue for a lesser sentence.

A sentencing date has not been set.

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