BELFAST, Maine — A man convicted of playing a role in a Troy burglary last fall was sentenced Friday in Waldo County Superior Court to five years in prison with all but 14 months suspended.
Dean Spaulding, 34, of Troy was the driver on Sept. 21, 2011, when he and two other men discussed breaking into what they thought was an abandoned house and stealing the copper pipes inside, according to Waldo County Deputy District Attorney Eric Walker.
The men broke into the house on Ward Hill Road by throwing a cinder block through a window and breaking the back door.
Spaulding waited in the car, Walker said, while David Seekins, 37, of Winslow and Daniel Flood, 38, of Brooks are alleged to have gone inside and started hauling stuff out on the porch.
But the rhythm was interrupted at 11:30 p.m. when the homeowners, who primarily live in Connecticut, arrived at the house with their three children in their car.
“The homeowner gets out of the car and sees the back door was broken,” Walker said.
He later told police that he actually could smell the men, who allegedly were intoxicated, inside the home, according to Walker.
The homeowner didn’t confront the burglars, instead getting back in the car with his family and driving to the road. From there he called 911 and watched as Spaulding took off toward the town of Plymouth. Flood and Seekins remained in the house, Walker said, and later were arrested there by police.
Spaulding was caught in Plymouth by a Maine State Police trooper and confessed that night to four different law enforcement officials, Walker said.
During the two-day jury trial, Spaulding, who was represented by attorney Nathan Bell of Unity, maintained that he had been violently coerced by the two other men to give them rides to commit the crime.
The jury found him guilty on counts of Class B burglary and Class E theft. Because the jury found him guilty on those charges, Spaulding also was convicted of a Class E charge of violation of bail conditions.
Justice Robert Murray sentenced him to five years with all but 14 months suspended and three years of probation on the burglary charge. Spaulding also was sentenced to nine months on the theft charge, which he will serve concurrently with his burglary sentence, along with 30 days for the violation of conditions of release conviction.
Flood has pleaded guilty to one count each of burglary and theft, Walker said, and is awaiting sentencing through the Veterans Court in Augusta.
Seekins also has been charged with one count each of burglary and theft. His trial likely will be held in October, Walker said.