Busy burglar remains jailed over holidays awaiting sentencing

Posted Dec. 23, 2011, at 3:07 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 23, 2011, at 6:09 p.m.
Adam Gray
Hancock County Jail
Adam Gray

ELLSWORTH, Maine — The sentencing of a Waltham man who has pleaded guilty to more than 30 counts of burglary and theft is being delayed until sometime in February, according to attorneys involved in his case.

Adam W. Gray, 28, pleaded guilty last month in Hancock County Superior Court to a rash of burglaries he committed in Hancock County between May and September 2010. Gray pleaded guilty to a total of 34 criminal charges — 17 for theft, 16 for burglary, and one for criminal mischief. He theoretically faces up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine for each burglary charge; up to five years and $5,000 fine for each theft charge; and up to 364 days and a $2,000 fine for the criminal mischief charge.

The burglaries occurred in Blue Hill, Deer Isle, Ellsworth, Orland and Sedgwick. According to court documents, among the places Gray broke into, besides private homes, were:

• EBS Building Supplies in Blue Hill.

• Peninsula Property Rental in Blue Hill.

• St. Francis By-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Blue Hill.

• Yanni’s Pizza in Blue Hill.

• Deer Isle Fire Department.

• Island Country Club in Deer Isle.

• The Masonic Lodge in Deer Isle.

• E-Z Self Storage in Ellsworth.

• Duffy’s Restaurant in Orland.

• An Orland building shared by H.O.M.E., Abby’s Attic and the U.S. Postal Service.

• Eggemoggin Country Store in Sedgwick.

Gray also burglarized the First Congregational Church in Blue Hill twice last year, on May 24 and again on Aug. 22, according to court records.

Gray was indicted for most of the crimes in October 2010 and for more last February. According to court records, Gray has prior convictions from February 2007 in Hancock County for burglary and theft.

Gray has been held without bail at Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth since he was arrested in Bucksport this past August for violating his bail by allegedly stealing a truck and consuming pills for which he did not have a prescription.

Gray was to be sentenced earlier this week but has decided to switch defense attorneys.

According to his new attorney, Will Blaisdell of Ellsworth, Gray’s sentencing has been continued until sometime after Feb. 1, 2012, in order to give Blaisdell time to get up to speed on his new client’s case.

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