North Pond Hermit likely to plead guilty on Oct. 28, prosecutor says

Christopher Knight, left, stands with his attorney, Walter McKee, during a dispositional conference at Kennebec County Superior Court in Augusta on Tuesday.
Alex Barber | BDN
Christopher Knight, left, stands with his attorney, Walter McKee, during a dispositional conference at Kennebec County Superior Court in Augusta on Tuesday.
By Alex Barber, BDN Staff
Posted Oct. 17, 2013, at 6:48 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Christopher Knight will appear in court on Oct. 28 where he is likely to plead guilty to several thefts and robberies in the North Pond area, according to the district attorney handling the case.

Knight, 47, also known as the North Pond Hermit, will appear in Kennebec County Superior Court in Augusta on Oct. 28, but that won’t be the last time he leaves jail, according to District Attorney Maeghan Maloney.

Knight’s attorney, Walter McKee, said that’s not necessarily true, but didn’t elaborate.

Knight was indicted by a Kennebec County grand jury in August on six burglary charges and five theft charges. Knight claimed to have lived alone in the woods near North Pond in Kennebec County for 27 years, surviving in part by stealing from camps. Earlier in August, he was indicted by a Somerset County grand jury on one count each of burglary and theft. The Somerset County case was transferred to Kennebec County.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges on Aug. 27.

“We’ve agreed to a longer sentence. We have not agreed to time served,” Maloney said on Thursday afternoon.

Knight has been incarcerated at Kennebec County Jail in Augusta since his arrest April 4 in Rome. His bail remains at $25,000, with the condition that only family members could post bail.

He was accepted into a special court program aimed at helping people with mental health and substance abuse problems called the Co-Occurring Disorders Court.

McKee previously said that Knight has alcohol abuse and mental illness issues.

Under terms of the court, Knight would plead guilty to the charges against him but remain free in the community under “intense” supervision.

“It typically takes one to three years to graduate from the court,” Maloney said in a previously released statement. “If a member is not successful, the consequence is an automatic state prison sentence.”

The court will require that Knight go to counseling every week. He must not use or possess illegal drugs or alcohol. He must work, volunteer or go to school full time. There are a number of other conditions that could be added.

Maloney said the terms and conditions for Knight will be laid out during the court hearing on Oct. 28. McKee said the hearing will be at 1:30 p.m.

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