THOMASTON — The state of Maine has bought back five acres of coastal property in Thomaston that had been sold to a prison warden.

On Sept. 21, the state paid $177,000 for three parcels of land it bought from Maine State Prison Warden Patricia Barnhart and her partner.

Barnhart had purchased the properties for $175,000, well below the property’s assessed value.

The Bangor Daily News says the $2,000 difference reimburses Barnhart for closing costs from the sale.

Barnhart negotiated to buy the property, which the state put the land up for sale in an effort to raise funds to help balance the budget.