Milo man pleads guilty to arson in March fire

Posted Dec. 15, 2008, at 8:44 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11:05 a.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A Milo man pleaded guilty Monday to arson in connection with a fire in March 2008 that destroyed a Second Street home in the Derby section of Milo.

Shane Smith, 20, also pleaded guilty to charges of giving false information about a motor vehicle accident, and to burglary and theft. The Superior Court case was heard by Judge Kevin Stitham in 13th District Court in Dover-Foxcroft.

Sentencing was continued, according to Piscataquis County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy.

Smith was unable to post his $100 bail on Monday, so he was taken to jail.

Almy praised the State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department and the Milo Police Department, which he said kept at it until they got the necessary evidence for a conviction.

Smith was charged with arson about two months after the March fire. The investigation is continuing and a second person may be charged, according to Investigator Stewart Jacobs of the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

The burglary and theft charges involved a Lakeview home where Smith and the owner of the Second Street home stayed after the fire, according to Investigator Guy Dow of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department. Dow said the home was rented to Smith and his friend but a garage on the property was off-limits. He said a door to the garage was broken into and fishing poles, tools and a large tool chest were stolen.

Dow said footprints on the door that was kicked in were similar to the prints of sneakers Smith owned. In addition, the missing fishing poles later were found inside the home with Smith’s belongings, he said. The tool chest has not been recovered.

Regarding the charge of giving false information, Milo Police Chief Michael Poulin said Smith had struck a deer with his motor vehicle earlier in the year and collected from his insurance company. He then attempted to collect insurance again involving the same accident.

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