BANGOR, Maine — A Cutler clammer was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to four months in federal prison for stealing copper from the U.S. Naval Telecommunications Station in Cutler nearly two years ago.
Richard Carrol Ramsdell Jr., 36, also was sentenced to three years of supervised released and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and more than $4,900 in restitution to the U.S. Navy. He was ordered to begin serving his sentence on April 7.
Ramsdell pleaded guilty in September to malicious mischief and theft of government property. U.S. District Judge John Woodcock, however, refused Thursday to give the defendant credit for accepting responsibility for his actions — which would have lowered Ramsdell’s sentence by a few months — because he committed a new crime while on bail for the copper theft.
About six weeks after he was caught stealing from the naval facility on April 7, 2008, Ramsdell was charged in Machias District Court with stealing lumber. He pleaded guilty to that charge and was sentenced to 90 days in the Washington County Jail and ordered to pay $100 in restitution.
At the same time, Ramsdell was sentenced to an additional month in jail for violating his probation on a theft of luggage in October 2007 from Bangor International Airport. He was sentenced in Penobscot County Superior Court to two years in prison with all but one month suspended and two years of probation in May 2008, a month after the copper theft.
“Mr. Ramsdell, there’s a lot about this case that disturbs me,” Woodcock said in imposing the sentence. “The first thing is that this is a theft. The second thing is that it is a theft from the government and when you steal from the government, you steal from all of us.”
Ramsdell did not address the court.
He faced a maximum sentence of five years in prison on the malicious mischief charge and up to 10 years on the theft charge. In addition, Ramsdell faced fines of up to $250,000.
Under the prevailing federal sentencing guidelines, he faced between two and eight months in federal prison and a fine of between $500 and $5,000.