Skowhegan logger ordered to pay restitution

Posted Aug. 30, 2009, at 12:31 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Maine logger has been ordered to pay nearly $95,000 in restitution to 10 victims after he is released from prison for timber theft.

Gerald Nelson Jr., 42, of Skowhegan was sentenced to five years in prison last year on charges of theft from woodlot owners in Maine and New Hampshire. Nelson also was sentenced by Justice Andrew M. Horton to two years’ probation after his release.

In a decision released this week, a Lincoln County judge ordered Nelson to pay the restitution when his sentence is completed.

According to the Attorney General’s Office, the timber thefts committed by Nelson occurred between 2000 and 2006 from landowners with woodlots in Augusta, Fairfield, Newport, Freedom, Peru, Carmel, Sumner and Canton, as well as a town in New Hampshire.

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