Brewer man gets 5 years in arson

Posted Jan. 05, 2010, at 9:07 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Brewer man was sentenced Monday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to 18 years with all but five years suspended for setting a fire on Nov. 2, 2008, at a Bangor rooming house.

Kyle Cunningham, 19, also was sentenced to four years of probation after he completes his five-year sentence after pleading guilty to arson.

Cunningham faced up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000 for the fire at 8 Webster Ave. in Bangor.

He has been held without bail at the Penobscot County Jail since his arrest on Jan. 29. That time is expected to be applied to his sentence.

Cunningham admitted starting the fire on a bed in a friend’s apartment at about 1 a.m., Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County, said Tuesday.

Roberts said the 18-year sentence was part of a negotiated plea agreement.

“Although this did not end up being a serious fire,” Roberts said, “it was potentially very dangerous. There were disabled people living there who might not have been able to get out if it had spread.”

Information about where Cunningham was ordered to pay restitution was not available late Tuesday.