19-year-old fine catches up with Knox County man

Posted Jan. 16, 2014, at 3:28 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 36-year-old man remains in jail after appearing before a judge Thursday over unpaid fines from two decades ago.

Andrew H. Pratt, who had addresses of Rockland and Appleton listed in court records, appeared before Judge Patricia Worth in Rockland District Court for a contempt hearing on his failure to pay $725 in fines dating back to a series of 1995 criminal cases. Last month, Judge Susan Sparaco ordered him arrested for the unpaid fines.

Pratt has been at the Knox County Jail since Dec. 18. Judge Worth told Pratt that he was being given a credit of $25 for every day in jail on the criminal fines, meaning they will be paid off on Friday.

Worth pointed out to Pratt that he still owed $430 in civil fines from a 2009 case and asked the defendant how he would make those payments.

Pratt said he would agree to remain in jail until those were paid. The judge, however, said civil fines are not paid through jail time. He then agreed to make payments of $50 per month beginning in April, when he said he expects to return to work remodeling boats.

Pratt was convicted in 1995, when he had just turned 18 years old, of 51 counts of burglary of motor vehicles and thefts. He was sentenced in 1995 to five years in jail with all but two years suspended and placed on probation for four years. He was also imposed fines for those offenses.

The nearly 6-inch-thick court file on Pratt shows several arrest warrants being issued over the years for the unpaid fines and then the warrants being recalled, although the reasons were not listed. One time he asked for an extension and was granted it because he was serving another 30-month sentence for burglary and assault on an officer from a 2010 case.

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