Wilton woman who pleaded guilty in store fire case faces new charges

By Donna M. Perry, Sun Journal
Posted March 11, 2013, at 8:29 p.m.

FARMINGTON, Maine — A Wilton woman who pleaded guilty last month in the case of a Livermore Falls convenience store fire faces new charges.

Nicole Hennessy, 31, pleaded not guilty Monday to misdemeanor charges of violation of condition of release and domestic violence assault in 12th District Court in Farmington. The domestic assault involved a family member and occurred Dec. 31, 2012, according to a police affidavit filed in a Farmington court.

Wilton police Sgt. Chad Abbott wrote in his affidavit that he did a bail check on Hennessy at 3:45 p.m. Friday at a home on Wilken Lane. During the search he found a small amount of marijuana, a marijuana pipe and beer in the bedroom where Hennessy was staying.

Her urine tested positive for marijuana, Abbott wrote.

He also wrote that on March 7, he interviewed a family member of Hennessy’s and it was confirmed an assault occurred Dec. 31, 2012. Another family member also confirmed the assault, he wrote.

Judge Nancy Carlson set $500 cash bail or a Maine pretrial agreement as bail for Hennessy on Monday.

Assistant District Attorney Joshua Robbins told the court that Hennessy was on a deferred disposition and a motion to revoke it may be filed by the Androscoggin County District Attorney’s Office.

Judge Carlson ordered Hennessy to have no contact with the domestic assault victim.

Hennessy agreed to a two-year deferred disposition on Feb. 20 after she pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal mischief in Androscoggin County Superior Court. The plea was related to acting as lookout when a co-defendant poured gas into an air conditioner duct in an attempt to burn JP’s Corner Store down on July 26, 2011, in Livermore Falls.

If Hennessy meets the terms of the agreement, she would be able to withdraw her plea and plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief, punishable by up to 364 days in jail and pay a $250 fine.

The agreement requires Hennessy to not commit new criminal violations, undergo substance abuse evaluation and counseling, and not have or use alcohol or illegal drugs, and be subject to random search and testing.

If Hennessy fails to comply with those conditions, a judge could sentence her on the felony to two years in prison with all but 90 days suspended, plus two years of probation.

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