Glenburn man gets 3 years in probation violation

Posted Aug. 26, 2009, at 4:37 p.m.

BANGOR — A Glenburn man suspected of illegally selling pellet stoves while he was manager of a local retailer was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison, and he may see even more time before the week is over.

Benjamin Tibbetts III, 34, was found guilty and sentenced in Penobscot County Superior Court on a probation violation and was ordered to serve three years of an original six-year sentence imposed in 2007.

Justice Michaela Murphy said enough evidence existed to conclude that Tibbetts had violated past probation by committing a series of thefts in 2008 that totaled more than $10,000. Tibbetts still has to ei-ther plead or stand trial on theft charges, which could increase his jail time significantly.

“He has an offer, it’s in his court now,” Deputy District Attorney Michael Roberts said after Thurs-day’s hearing.

Roberts and Tibbetts’ attorney, Jeffrey Silverstein, both hoped to settle the pending charges on Friday.

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