June 18, 2018
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Bangor man charged with setting fire to own apartment

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A local man has been charged with setting fire last week to the Essex Street apartment building where he lived.

Larry Doyen, 35, of Bangor was arrested Thursday by state fire marshals and charged with arson, a Class A crime. He was taken Friday to the Penobscot Judicial Center, but because he was unable to watch a video that explained his constitutional rights to have an attorney and a trial, his first appearance was continued until Monday

Supreme Judicial Court Justice Warren Silver, who was filling in for the District Court judges who usually handle first appearances, set bail at $1,000 cash.

Supreme Court justices occasionally oversee proceedings in District and Superior courts around the state as a way of gaining information about how the judicial system is working.

Through Carolyn Adams, the Bangor attorney who represented Doyen at Friday’s proceeding, Doyen told the judge that he has been diagnosed with schizophrenia but has not been taking his medication for the past few weeks.

His mental health status will be evaluated by Penobscot County Jail staff, according to James Aucoin, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County. If they determine Doyen needs treatment for his mental health condition, he would be taken to The Acadia Hospital in Bangor, Aucoin said Friday.

Doyen, who has no criminal record, allegedly started the fire in his bedroom about 4 p.m. Friday, July 30, on the second floor of the seven-unit apartment building at 149-151 Essex St. By the time firefighters arrived, the blaze had started to work its way up to the exterior to the third floor, Assistant Chief Darrell Cyr of the Bangor Fire Department said in an article previously published in the Bangor Daily News.

The 2½-story building, owned by Paul Newman of Bangor, was evacuated and residents were displaced. Information about whether the building was habitable and the amount of damage caused by the fire was not available Friday.

Doyen is expected to be indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury on Aug. 25.

He is expected to enter a plea on the charge Oct. 5.

If convicted, Doyen faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

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