Second Troy copper theft defendant convicted, sentenced

By Tom Groening, BDN Staff
Posted Jan. 07, 2013, at 6:38 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — David G. Seekins was found guilty in a jury trial on Thursday, Jan. 3, on burglary and theft charges, Deputy District Attorney Eric Walker said.

Seekins was responsible for the burglary and theft of a Troy residence in September 2011. Prosecutors believe he broke into the house late at night with two other men to cut and remove copper pipes. The men believed the house was abandoned, but their plans went awry when the homeowner arrived and called police.

One of the other men, Dean Spaulding, was convicted in June for his role in the theft and sentenced to five years in prison with all but 14 months suspended.

Seekins was sentenced by Judge Robert Murray to six years in prison with all but two years suspended and three years probation, Walker reported. The District Attorney’s Office had recommended a sentence of eight years with all but three suspended and three years probation.

“I argued that this was a very serious crime where it was nothing short of dumb luck that no one was hurt or killed,” Walker noted. In making the case for a lengthy sentence, he also cited Seekins’ criminal record which includes seven theft convictions, three burglary convictions and an assault and aggravated assault conviction dating back to 1995.

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