Maine boy gets probation for fire that destroyed vacant mill

SANFORD, Maine (AP) — A third boy charged with setting a fire that destroyed an abandoned mill in Maine has pleaded guilty to criminal mischief.

The Journal Tribune reports that if the boy stays out of trouble then a felony arson charge will be dismissed in the new year, just as it will be for two other boys who pleaded guilty last month.

The boys were 12 and 13 when the fire was set in June in Sanford.

It took more than 100 firefighters from Maine and New Hampshire to contain the blaze at the 300,000-square-foot (28,000-square-meter) Stenton Trust Mill building.

Both the prosecutor and defense attorney say they’re satisfied with the resolution. They said the goal is to ensure the boys get rehabilitation and treatment services.

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