ELLSWORTH, Maine — A New Jersey man who set fire to a shed and a portable toilet in Bucksport last fall has been sentenced to serve six months behind bars.
Corey Seward, 20, of Burlington, N.J., was accused of starting a fire at a Maine Department of Transportation work site at the corner of Mill and Main streets on Nov. 17, 2010. The fire burned a portable toilet and a shed at the site and caused roughly $12,000 in damage, police said at the time.
Seward was charged with arson and aggravated criminal mischief but pleaded guilty on June 20 in Hancock County Superior Court to the aggravated criminal mischief charge in exchange for dismissal of the arson charge, according to court documents. He was sentenced to three years in jail with all but six months suspended. He also was ordered to serve two years of probation upon his release and to pay $8,146.16 in restitution.
As part of his probation, Seward is expected to not use alcohol or drugs, to submit to random search and testing, and to get substance abuse treatment, court documents indicate.
According to an affidavit filed in court, Seward has relatives in the Bucksport area but was unable to find a place to stay on the night of the fire. He was in the portable toilet during early morning hours and lit some toilet paper on fire in an attempt to stay warm, but the fire spread out of control, police indicated in the document.
Seward was released June 20 from Hancock County Jail after being sentenced because he was credited with time already served, according to jail personnel Friday afternoon.