Ex-tenant charged in Bangor garage fire unable to post $50,000 bail

Posted Oct. 16, 2013, at 5:32 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 17, 2013, at 8:18 a.m.
Detric Stanley
Penobscot County Jail
Detric Stanley
Fire crews fight a fire that destroyed a garage and damaged nearby homes on Hancock Street in Bangor around 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27.
Fire crews fight a fire that destroyed a garage and damaged nearby homes on Hancock Street in Bangor around 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27.
Fire crews fight a fire that destroyed a garage and damaged nearby homes on Hancock Street in Bangor around 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27.
Fire crews fight a fire that destroyed a garage and damaged nearby homes on Hancock Street in Bangor around 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27.

BANGOR, Maine — The man charged with torching a Hancock Street garage last month remained Wednesday at the Penobscot County Jail unable to post $50,000 cash bail.

Detric Stanley , 29, of Bangor was arrested Tuesday and charged with arson, a Class A crime, in connection with a Sept. 27 fire at 345 Hancock St. in Bangor that gutted a three-bay garage, according to a previously published report.

The blaze burned so hot that it melted vinyl siding and broke windows on three nearby apartment buildings, causing between $75,000 and $100,000 in damage, according to the state fire marshal’s office. Two cars were parked inside the garage but were moved before they could be damaged.

Stanley, who was evicted from one of the buildings about two weeks before the fire, made his first court appearance via video Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center. He was not asked to enter a plea because he has not been indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury.

Through the attorney of the day, Benjamin Fowler of Bangor, Stanley said that he was intoxicated the day of the fire and may have been at the location that day but did not set the blaze. Fowler said that Stanley, who is unemployed, could afford only $500 cash bail.

District Court Judge Bruce Jordan set the bail requested by the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office. Conditions include Stanley not being on Hancock Street or having contact with tenants of the apartment buildings damaged in the garage fire. He also may not consume alcohol or use drugs.

“I’m not setting bail at $500 cash,” Jordan told Stanley. “This is a Class A crime and that is far below a reasonable amount. The risk of harm here is substantial.”

Stanley is next scheduled to appear in court Dec. 10.

This story was corrected to indicate Stanley was the subject of bail conditions, not Fowler.

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