June 18, 2018
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Connecticut man pleads guilty to unlawful possession of Molotov cocktail

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Connecticut man pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of an unregistered destructive device — namely a Molotov cocktail — during an appearance Wednesday in U.S. District Court.

Alex Glossian, 25, and another unnamed individual made Molotov cocktails on June 2, 2010, using gasoline and 40-ounce beer bottles, according to court documents.

Two of the devices were then lit and thrown through the windows of a home on Oak Hill Road on Indian Island. One of the devices was retrieved intact from the house, U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty II announced in a news release. The second device ignited after shattering a bedroom window and caused extensive damage.

In a news release issued after the incident, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said that a man who was inside the house at the time escaped injury and was able to partially extinguish the fire before the Indian Island Fire Department arrived.

The investigation that led to Glossian’s guilty plea was a joint effort of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco and the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Glossian faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

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