30-year-old man sentenced to 5 years for setting third fire in string of Lewiston arsons

Posted Aug. 06, 2014, at 5:53 p.m.

LEWISTON, Maine — A Lewiston man was sentenced to five years in prison for setting the third fire in a string of arsons that put the city on edge last year.

Prosecutors said Brian Morin, 30, confessed to police, and in June, he pleaded guilty.

The judge sentenced Morin to five years, with 12 years probation, based on the crime, Morin’s criminal history and the interest of public safety.

One Lewiston resident said Morin should serve at least 20 years because Morin put a lot of people out of their homes.

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Morin has already served 14 months, so his defense attorney said he expects he’ll only be behind bars for another 2.5 to 3.5 years.

While most of the damage has been demolished or repaired, people in Lewiston remember the fear that came with a string of arsons last year.

Morin’s sentencing brings some closure, with one of the two remaining defendants headed to prison.

Morin initially claimed he was a lookout for his co-defendant Bryan Woods, but he later admitted to helping set the fire.

Woods was found not competent to stand trial, but Morin was found competent, despite severe mental health issues.

At sentencing, Morin addressed the court, not with an apology but a request for psychiatric help instead of jail time so he could turn his life around.

 

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