Norway man pleads guilty in boarding house arson

Posted March 14, 2012, at 2:19 p.m.

PARIS, Maine — A Norway man has pleaded guilty to burning down the boarding house where he lived after threatening another resident during a fight over stolen food.

Todd Fickett pleaded guilty Tuesday in Oxford County Superior to arson charges.

The Sun Journal reported that he was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation before sentencing which will be held either in April or May.

Authorities say the 19-year-old man was a resident of the 2½-story building on Main Street.

Fickett told police he’d set a fire in a trash can to create smoke and disrupt the other tenants, but never intended to burn down the building.

Another resident says Fickett threatened him just before the fire.

Twelve other residents lived in the building but no one was hurt.

 

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