Firearm theft leads to sentence

Posted Jan. 22, 2009, at 7:58 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 10:53 a.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Bucksport man is serving 60 days in jail after pleading guilty to stealing a firearm from a home on Carlisle Road in Surry.

Chad Wascholl, 19, pleaded guilty this month in Hancock County Superior Court to one count each of burglary and theft. He was sentenced to three years behind bars for each charge, with all but 60 days of the concurrent sentences suspended. He also will have to serve two years’ probation upon his release.

Wascholl and Adam Davis, 18, of Orland allegedly broke in to the house off Toddy Pond Road on Nov. 1, 2007. The homeowner, who arrived home just as the two were leaving in Davis’ car, tried to block the driveway with his car, police said at the time.

Wascholl got out of Davis’ car and ran into the nearby woods with a rifle he had taken from the home. Davis managed to drive away but police stopped him a short time later, according to police.

Wascholl’s attorney, Jeff Toothaker of Ellsworth, said Thursday that Davis is contesting the accusations against him.

Wascholl initially eluded police but turned himself in the next day at the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department in Ellsworth. He pleaded guilty on Jan. 5 and began serving his jail sentence on Jan. 9, according to court documents.

Toothaker said his client pleaded guilty because he wanted to accept responsibility for what he had done. He said Wascholl seems genuinely remorseful and that he likely will not have future run-ins with police.

“That’s a kid who will never make that mistake again,” Toothaker said.

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