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October 29th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

BANGOR, Maine — A Newport man accused of burning his mother’s home down and killing her dogs was indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury.

Kenneth Goodrich, 44, was indicted on two counts each of arson and aggravated cruelty to animals and one count of criminal use of explosives in connection with an Aug. 8 fire that gutted his mother’s home at 146 Rutland Road in Newport.

Goodrich remained at the Penobscot County Jail on Wednesday. He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of the Class A charge of arson.

Sandra Goodrich, who was not home when the fire began, called 911 to report that her son had set the fire and killed two of her dogs, Newport Police Chief Leonard Macdaid said at the time.

She hid in the nearby woods until firefighters and police arrived, Macdaid said.

Kenneth Goodrich was found walking a short distance from the house not long after, and he was taken into custody and brought to a medical facility for evaluation, the chief said. He was charged with arson in early September.

According to a court affidavit filed by Sgt. Kenneth MacMaster of the state fire marshal’s office, Goodrich intentionally started the fire. He reportedly had a lighter in his pocket when police took him into custody.

The affidavit stated that Sandra Goodrich had gone to the Newport police station the day of the fire requesting that they stand by because of previous problems with her son’s verbal abuse. Kenneth Goodrich had been

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