Indian Island man to serve 4 years for Bangor burglary

Posted Sept. 20, 2010, at 6:47 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:32 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — An Indian Island man with a lengthy criminal history was sentenced Monday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to seven years in prison with all but four years suspended for a burglary in May.

Sheldon Snell, 39, also was sentenced by Superior Court Justice Kirk Studstrup to three years of probation after his prison term, according to Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County.

Just before his sentencing, Snell pleaded guilty to burglary and theft by unauthorized taking.

He faced up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000 on the more serious charge of burglary, a Class C crime.

Snell was arrested May 7 after being caught leaving a Cedar Street home in Bangor by a teenager after breaking into the home.

A 14-year-old boy who is a family friend of the victim followed Snell on his bike, Bangor police said when Snell was arrested.

Bangor police joined the chase and, with the help of the teenager, eventually found Snell hiding near Second Street Park and arrested him.

He was indicted in June by the Penobscot County grand jury.

Roberts said Monday that Snell’s criminal history included many burglary convictions and dated back to the 1990s.

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