February 21, 2013

Wilton woman sentenced for role in store arson plot

AUBURN — A Wilton woman who conspired to burn down a Livermore Falls convenience store so the owner could collect the insurance money will be allowed to withdraw her felony plea if she stays trouble-free for two years.

Nicole Hennessy was ordered by a judge Wednesday in Androscoggin County Superior Court to stay out of legal trouble, undergo substance abuse evaluation and counseling, and refrain from using alcohol or illegal drugs for two years. The Sun Journal reports that if she complies, Hennessy will be allowed to withdraw an aggravated criminal mischief plea, punishable by up to five years in prison, and plead guilty to a lesser charge.

Prosecutors say Hennessy acted as a lookout for a man who was offered $4,000 to burn down the JP Corner Store in July 2011.

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