Westbrook man pleads guilty to tossing Molotov cocktail

Posted Aug. 24, 2012, at 3:05 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Westbrook man waived indictment Friday and pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to tossing a Molotov cocktail onto the porch of a Westbrook home last year in order to settle an ongoing feud.

Brian York, 21, pleaded guilty to possession of an unregistered destructive device.

He is being held without bail pending sentencing, which is set for Dec. 5.

The defendant and three others, according to court documents, threw an incendiary device at a residence on East Valentine Street on Jan 26, 2011, according to the prosecution version of events to which York pleaded guilty.

“Later that same day, the residents of the home reported finding a liquor bottle near their front porch which contained burn residue and smelled of gasoline,” the prosecution version said. “[It] was manufactured by [the] defendant and the three other individuals using the liquor bottle, gasoline and a tube sock, which was lit on fire before it was thrown at the Westbrook residence.”

The home apparently was not damaged.

A second man, David MacNeill, 26, of Waterford, was sentenced in January to three years in federal prison for his role in the incident.

No one else has been charged in connection with the incident, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which prosecuted the case.

York faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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