June 22, 2018
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Three years added to sentence of inmate who set fire at Maine State Prison

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 36-year-old Maine State Prison inmate was sentenced Tuesday to an additional three years after admitting to setting a fire in another inmate’s cell.

Ralph G. Buck was sentenced in Knox County Superior Court by Justice Jeffrey Hjelm to three years in prison, to be served consecutively to his current sentences.

Buck pleaded guilty Tuesday to setting a fire in a foot locker in the cell of another prisoner on Jan. 6, 2013. Other people saw smoke coming out of the cell, and the fire was able to quickly be extinguished.

He was indicted on a charge of arson in April 2013.

Buck, formerly of Rumford, was serving sentences out of Kennebec County for robbery, forgery and theft at the time of the arson. His release date had been scheduled for June 2018 before the arson conviction.

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