Arsonist gets another 10 months for punching cook in prison

Posted Aug. 25, 2014, at 11:56 a.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 21-year-old man had 10 months added to his prison stay after admitting Monday that he repeatedly punched a prison cook.

Todd M. Fickett, formerly of Norway, was sentenced Monday in Knox County Superior Court to an additional 10 months for assault on a member of the prison staff. The incident occurred in October, according to court records.

Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody said at the Monday hearing that the cook supervisor had instructed Fickett to work in the serving line but he refused and then later ran up to the cook and punched him four or five times in the head and neck. Fickett told a prison investigator that he feared he was going to lose his job in the kitchen because of ongoing issues with the victim and that is why he assaulted the man, the prosecutor said.

Fickett is serving a 15-year sentence for arson in connection with a fire at a boarding house in Norway as residents were sleeping. He was scheduled to be released from the Maine State Prison in 2026.