Man pleads guilty to throwing Molotov cocktail at Westbrook home

Posted Sept. 28, 2011, at 9:34 a.m.
Last modified Sept. 28, 2011, at 8 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Take one liquor bottle, add a tube sock soaked in gasoline, light, toss onto the porch of a Westbrook home and end up facing 10 years in federal prison.

That is what a Waterford man discovered in January when he and three others created a Molotov cocktail in what is described in court documents as an ongoing feud.

David MacNeill, 25, on Tuesday waived indictment and pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Portland to tossing the bomb.

MacNeill is being held without bail pending sentencing.

He pleaded guilty to possession of an unregistered destructive device.

MacNeill admitted that shortly after midnight on Jan. 26, he and three others not named in court documents threw a Molotov cocktail at the house on East Valentine Street to settle a dispute.

Later that day, according to the prosecution version of events to which MacNeill pleaded guilty, the homeowners found a liquor bottle near their front porch that contained burn residue and smelled of gasoline.

Information about the others allegedly involved was not available Wednesday.

In a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, MacNeill waived his right to appeal unless his sentence is longer than four years.

A sentencing date has not been set.

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