DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A Milo man who investigators say intentionally set the fire in September that destroyed several Milo businesses pleaded not guilty Monday to two counts of arson in Piscataquis County Superior Court.
Christopher M. Miliano, 31, was represented at the hearing by Attorney Julio DeSanctis of Bangor. The defendant was shackled in ankle chains, wore prison orange, and displayed an earring-sized green star on each ear that appeared drawn with a marker.
Miliano also pleaded not guilty Monday to burglary and theft in connection with the fire and to aggravated assault for a November incident involving his girlfriend.
Investigators say Miliano broke into the Hobnobbers Pub, where he allegedly stole some alcohol and then allegedly set fire to the pub to cover the break-in. The fire moved quickly through the pub and up the street consuming Milo Flower Shop, a former movie theater, Spot Game Room, and Milo True Value Hardware Store along the way. It also heavily damaged Milo House of Pizza.
One of the arson charges handed down in an indictment last week dealt with the fire intentionally set at the pub and the other charge was based on the fire endangering the other properties that ultimately burned down.
Judge Kevin Stitham, who presided over the Superior Court hearing held Monday in the district court building, maintained Miliano’s bail of $10,000 cash. As of Monday evening, Miliano remained at the Piscataquis County Jail.