August 03, 2020

Glenburn man guilty of setting home on fire

BANGOR – A Glenburn man was found guilty of arson Thursday in Penobscot County Superior Court. The jury took two hours to deliver its verdict, according to Deputy District Attorney Michael Roberts.

Kenneth Lewis Crawford, 34, was indicted by a Penobscot County grand jury in June for setting the fire that destroyed his one-story Ohio Street home on Nov. 2, 1999.

Firefighters from four departments battled the early morning blaze, which began in the kitchen.

Testimony given during the two-day trial by investigators for Crawford’s insurance company and the State Fire Marshal’s Office showed Crawford started the blaze with an accelerant to collect the insurance money, said Roberts.

Crawford faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. A sentencing date has not been set, according to Roberts.

Crawford remains in Penobscot County Jail on other charges. He faces two counts of aggravated assault in state court and a charge of interstate stalking in federal court. No dates have been set for those trials.

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