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Stonington man convicted of burning boat charged with second arson

BANGOR, Maine — A Stonington man who was sentenced to seven years in prison last month for torching a lobster boat now faces a new arson charge for a fire two years ago that destroyed a camper in Stonington, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Friday.

Jeremy Eaton, 40, was charged on Thursday night by state fire investigators in New Hampshire, where he was on his way to a federal prison to serve time for his earlier conviction, McCausland said.

Eaton was sentenced for the boat arson, which occurred in April 2014 in Stonington, on Sept. 22 in U.S. District Court in Bangor.

According to McCausland, the newest charge stems from a fire on July 5, 2014, that destroyed a camper, located in Rock Quarry in Stonington. The 30-foot camper, valued at $4,000, was a total loss.

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The camper fire and the boat fire were unrelated, McCausland said.

Fire investigators say Eaton set fire to the camper after a dispute with the camper’s owner, Michael Hammett of Stonington. Eaton is scheduled to appear at Ellsworth Unified Court on Nov. 22 on the newest charge, McCausland said.

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