Lewiston man pleads guilty to arson and drug charges

Posted June 04, 2011, at 5:36 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Lewiston man who tried to burn down his ex-girlfriend’s Auburn apartment two years ago pleaded guilty in federal court to drug conspiracy and arson charges.

Trezjuan Thompson, 27, entered his pleas in U.S. District Court in Portland earlier this week.

Thompson conspired to distribute crack cocaine in the Twin Cities area for roughly a year starting in November 2008, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Portland, which prosecuted the case.

In November 2009, Thompson set fire to an Auburn rental apartment at 48 Academy St. that he had shared with an ex-girlfriend. At the time of the fire, Thompson had been subject to a protection-from-abuse order, issued by 8th District Court in Lewiston, which prohibited him from having any contact with the ex-girlfriend.

Thompson poured gasoline in several rooms of the empty apartment before setting it on fire, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The apartment was destroyed and damage also was done to adjacent rental apartments in the building.

His girlfriend at the time told police she drove Thompson to a Cumberland Farms store where he bought a small container and pumped gasoline into it. He then had her drive him to an intersection near the apartment building and wait for him as he left with the gasoline. He returned a few minutes later, breathless and without the container, she told police, according to court records.

Thompson was arrested and jailed after the arson.

Despite his incarceration, from about Nov. 24, 2009, until about Feb. 16, 2010, he conspired with others to distribute crack cocaine in the Twin Cities area using phones at the Androscoggin County Jail and the Maine State Prison, federal prosecutors said.

As a result of a prior state drug trafficking conviction, Thompson faces no fewer than 20 years in prison. He’s expected to be sentenced after completion of a pre-sentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 4.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Maine State Fire Marshal’s Office and Lewiston and Auburn police departments.

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