December 13, 2019

Jury finds Corinna man guilty in two burglaries

BANGOR – A Penobscot County Superior Court jury on Tuesday found a Corinna man guilty on all charges stemming from two burglaries, including a break-in at Penobscot Valley Country Club.

Eugene Young, 39, is already serving a two-year sentence in Penobscot County Jail for an unrelated case involving operating after revocation, said Deputy District Attorney Mike Roberts.

A jury of four men and eight women deliberated for 21/2 hours before returning the verdict to Superior Court Justice Andrew Mead. Young’s sentencing has been continued indefinitely, Roberts said.

Defense attorney David Bate of Bangor, who took over the case in June 2003, said Young admitted guilt after denying several times any involvement in the December 2002 burglaries.

“There were some serious questions of doubt as to whether the admission was truthful,” Bate said. “That was sort of what the case centered around.”

Young was found guilty on charges of burglary at a private residence, burglary at Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono, unauthorized use of property and operating after revocation. He faces up to 21 years in prison, Roberts said.

In December 2002, Young broke into a Route 2 home while the owners were away and took keys to a pickup truck parked there.

Young drove the truck to the nearby golf course, where he smashed a window to gain entrance. Once the alarm sounded, Young fled, according to Orono police Detective Sgt. Robert Bryant. Young’s license already had been suspended and he had been drinking, Bryant said.

Bryant said attention to detail helped connect the case to Young. Beer cans bearing his fingerprints were found at the golf course and at the home, as were footprints at both locations that matched Young’s sneakers.

Bate didn’t say whether he would appeal on behalf of his client, but that he couldn’t move forward until a sentence has been handed down.

Correction: A story published in Thursday’s Final edition about a Corinna man found guilty of two burglaries incorrectly referred to Detective Sgt. Robert Bryant as a member of the Orono Police Department. Bryant was a member of the department in 2002 when the initial robbery at Penobscot Valley Country Club took place. He since has left the department.

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