Abbot man who trashed woman’s home gets nine months in jail

Posted Nov. 08, 2010, at 3:22 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:37 a.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Corey L. Cookson, 32, of Abbot, who broke into and vandalized a Kingsbury Plantation home and broke into a Parkman store earlier this year, pleaded guilty Monday in Piscataquis County Superior Court.

Those two incidents resulted in several charges against Cookson: three counts of burglary, theft by authorized taking, aggravated criminal mischief, operating while his license was suspended, and furnishing liquor to a minor.

Two juveniles also were charged in the Kingsbury break-in.

For the burglary and vandalism involving the Kingsbury home, Cookson was sentenced by Justice Willliam Anderson on Monday to four years in prison with all but eight months suspended. He also was placed on probation for three years, and was ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution. He was sentenced to concurrent six-month terms in prison for a second burglary charge involving the Kingsbury Plantation home and for aggravated criminal mischief, and 30 days in prison for operating a motor vehicle while his license was suspended.

Cookson also was sentenced to a concurrent six months in prison each for burglary and theft by unauthorized taking in connection with a break-in at the former KC’s Store in Parkman. He was sentenced 30 days in prison for furnishing liquor to a minor. Anderson also ordered him to pay $2,000 restitution.

“It was 12 rooms of total devastation,” Lois Worcester of Kingsbury and Sangerville, whose home was vandalized, said Monday. “Am I angry? Yes, very angry,” she told Anderson. “There was no rhyme, no reason and no sense to it.”

After his mother died last year, Cookson took on a “fatalistic mindset,” Cookson’s attorney, Christopher Smith of Dover-Foxcroft, said Monday. The incidents happened because of intoxication, he said, and noted that Cookson had no prior criminal record before this year. He said Cookson has sought help with his drinking problem and he’s sorry for the damage he caused.

Cookson apologized to Worcester.

“I’m very, very sorry,” he said. “The amount of regret and guilt I have is overwhelming.”

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