Rockland woman pleads guilty to apartment house arson

Posted Jan. 08, 2013, at 3:52 p.m.
Christie Look
Knox County Jail
Christie Look

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 36-year-old Rockland woman will serve up to nine months in jail after pleading guilty Tuesday to setting fire to an apartment building 13 months ago.

Christie Look pleaded guilty in Knox County Superior Court to arson for the December 2011 fire at a four-unit apartment building at 25 Talbot Ave.

There were no injuries but damage to the building was estimated at $35,000.

Look is being treated for mental health and substance abuse problems at a residential rehabilitation center, according to Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald. Her sentencing will not be held for another 12 months.

Under terms of the agreement reached between the defense and district attorney’s office, the prosecutor will seek to have Look sentenced to five years in jail with all but nine months suspended. The defense will be able to argue for Look to serve less than nine months. The deal also calls for Look to be placed on probation for four years, with the court having to decide the amount of restitution Look will have to pay.

The court was presented an evaluation of Look by a doctor. That report was not made public but Fernald indicated that she was being treated at a rehabilitation facility.

The then-owner of the property, Sumner Kinney, as well as tenants of the apartment building were in agreement with the recommended sentence, Fernald said.

The fire was initially considered to have been set accidentally, but Look’s brother and sister contacted police to report that she had confessed to them that she had set the fire. Look later confessed to police, according to Fernald.

She was a tenant of the apartment house.

Look cried during her hearing Tuesday morning and admitted to Justice Jeffrey Hjelm that she had committed the offense.

Once Look has completed her stay at the rehabilitation center, she will be free on bail pending the sentencing hearing. She is barred from having any incendiary devices as part of her bail.

Attorney William Pagnano represented Look.

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