June 24, 2018
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Burglar of baseball player Stairs’ home sentenced to 7 years

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The Old Town man accused of breaking into the home of former Major League Baseball player Matt Stairs was sentenced Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to four counts each of burglary and theft.

Jamie M. Bouchard, 34, had pleaded not guilty last year in connection with burglaries and thefts at Stairs’ Bangor home and at residences in Old Town, Corinth and Milford.

In addition to prison time, Superior Court Justice William Anderson ordered Bouchard to pay more than $46,000 in restitution to his victims.

He has been held at the Penobscot County Jail since his arrest on June 18, unable to make bail set at $30,000.

None of the victims appeared in court Tuesday.

Anderson imposed the seven-year sentence recommended in the plea agreement worked out between Bouchard’s attorney and the Penobscot County district attorney.

Bouchard confessed to his crimes in a suicide note, his Bangor attorney, Hunter Tzovarras, told Superior Court Justice William Anderson just before the sentence was imposed. Police interviewed Bouchard about the burglaries in his hospital bed as he was recovering from the suicide attempt, Tzovarras said.

The defendant told the judge that he was in a “criminal addictive-like situation” but was not using drugs at the time of the burglaries.

Bouchard has a long criminal record, Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy told Anderson.

Almy also said that there was a third person involved in the burglaries but the man had not been charged. Bouchard and his co-defendant and wife, Andrea J. Bouchard, 28, of Old Town refused to cooperate with police, the prosecutor said.

Andrea Bouchard told investigators the man threatened to harm her if she were to testify against him, Almy told the judge Tuesday.

When Anderson asked Jamie Bouchard if he would testify against the man if he were brought to trial, Bouchard replied, “No, Your Honor.”

Stairs was in Canada for his induction into New Brunswick’s Sports Hall of Fame the weekend of June 9-10 when his daughter called to say the family home in Bangor had been burglarized, according to a previously published report. The burglars took jewelry, including his National League and American League championship rings, a National League championship pendant belonging to his wife, and some watches.

Andrea Bouchard admitted last year when she pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary, two counts of theft and two counts of receiving stolen property that she pawned items stolen from homes in Bangor, Milford, Old Town and Corinth.

Anderson sentenced her in September to three years’ incarceration with all but four months suspended. In addition to jail time, the judge sentenced Andrea Bouchard to be on probation for two years after she completes her sentence, according to a previous report.

Anderson also ordered the woman to pay a portion of the restitution for the pawned items, including some taken from Stairs’ former residence, that were not recovered.

“Some of the [Stairs’] family jewelry was recovered but not the championship rings,” Almy said last year.

Andrea Bouchard began serving her sentence on Nov. 6 at the Penobscot County Jail.

Stairs, a Moncton, New Brunswick, native, has moved to Fredericton, New Brunswick.

He said in July that the family had discussed the move for years and the house burglary had expedited the decision. Stairs bought a house in Bangor in November 2000, the same day he was traded by the Oakland Athletics to the Chicago Cubs.

He said last year that he would continue to work as a part-time studio analyst for Boston Red Sox games with the New England Sports Network.

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