BANGOR, Maine — One man involved with throwing Molotov cocktails at a house on Larkin Street in October was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison, with all but one suspended, Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County said after the sentencing.
Another man involved in the same incident was sentenced in March to more than three years in prison, he said. Both were originally arrested for Class A arson, but those charges were dropped to reckless conduct, a Class C felony.
Dwayne J. Bell, 23, and Jake D. Hesseltine, 18, of Old Town both were arrested on Oct. 28 in connection with a small fire at the 87 Larkin St. house, sparked by Molotov cocktails.
Bell was given the four-year sentence on Wednesday in Penobscot County Superior Court and his sentence includes two years of supervised release, Roberts said.
“I actually dropped [the arson charge] when he pleaded guilty to the reckless conduct,” he said.
Hesseltine was sentenced to 38 months in prison for his role in the March 12 crime, Roberts said.
The Larkin Street fire was started by one of three “Molotov cocktail-type devices” lobbed at the front of the building, Bangor police reports state.
The burning bottles of alcohol were reportedly thrown in retaliation for a brawl the previous night that involved 25 to 30 young men, several of whom were armed with baseball bats, sticks and brass knuckles.
Some of the young men involved in the fight are believed to have lived in an upstairs apartment. No one was injured in the blaze, but Bangor police reported that one male was taken to the hospital with a broken jaw suffered in the fight. Police responded to the fight at 11 p.m. Oct. 27, and returned six hours later, at 5:15 a.m. Oct. 28, after neighbors reported the fire.
BDN writers Dawn Gagnon and Judy Harrison contributed to this report.