Boat arson

BANGOR — U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced recently that Jeremy Eaton, 39, of Stonington pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on March 11 to setting fire to a lobster boat.

Court records disclose that on the evening of April 16, 2014, Eaton walked to Stonington Harbor, removed gasoline cans from a docked skiff and then used a small boat to transport himself and the gas cans to a fiberglass lobster boat moored in the harbor.

Eaton then emptied the cans of gasoline into the boat and started a fire that destroyed it. Eaton later admitted that he had set the boat on fire.

Eaton faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

The Maine State Fire Marshal’s Office and the U.S. Coast Guard investigated the incident.

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