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Third man pleads guilty to robbery, kidnapping charges in Chesterville, Farmington crime spree

By Donna M. Perry, Sun Journal

FARMINGTON, Maine — A third man pleaded guilty to felony charges on Friday in an Augusta court in connection to an Oct. 31, 2011, crime spree in Chesterville and Farmington that included robbery and kidnapping.

Michael Kidd, 21, of Chesterville pleaded guilty to felony charges of robbery, two counts of kidnapping and three counts of burglary in Kennebec County Superior Court, according to documents filed at the Franklin County Superior Court in Farmington.

The state dismissed charges of criminal threatening, three counts of theft by unauthorized taking and violation condition of release against Kidd in a plea agreement.

Two co-defendants, Kevin Crandall, 28, of Wilton and Marcus Thompson, 26, of Farmington, each pleaded guilty to robbery, two counts of kidnapping and three counts of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer in April, according to court documents.

The two also had faced charges of burglary and criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, but those were dismissed in a plea agreement with the state, court documents state.

All three men had previously pleaded not guilty to all charges after they were indicted in January.

Kidd, Crandall and Thompson are accused of breaking into three homes on Oct. 31 in areas near Mt. Blue High School and taking money, handguns and other items.

In one incident, a couple told police they were held at gunpoint and knives were displayed while they were being robbed. Crandall is accused of staying with the wife while her husband was taken to an ATM machine by the other two.

The couple also were threatened by the men, who said they would return if they spoke to police.

A neighbor near a Hilltop Estate home that was burglarized remembered seeing a blue car with three men inside near the home. Another burglary was reported on Dutch Gap Road in Chesterville and one on Lucy Knowles Road.

Police found items stolen from the homes in plain view in a blue car left in a field near the Knowlton Corner Farm that evening. A trained dog tracked Crandall and Thompson to Seamon Road where police arrested them behind the high school.

The three are expected to be sentenced in June.

The state has offered two recommendations for sentencing. One option is to be sentenced to 25 years in prison with all but 15 years suspended and four years probation on the robbery and kidnapping charges and 10 years on the burglary and theft charges.

The second option is a 20-year cap on the prison sentence with the state and defense making arguments for a sentence and the court making the final decision, according to court documents.

All three have been held in jail on between $30,000 to $50,000 bail since their arrests last year.

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