One of three implicated in Troy break-in to serve two years
Belfast — One of three men accused of burglarizing a Troy home in the fall of 2011 has been found guilty of two charges in connection with the incident this week and will serve two years in prison as a result.
Waldo County Deputy District Attorney Eric Walker said the jury trial of David G. Seekins, 37, of Winslow was held at Waldo County Superior Court in Belfast Thursday, Jan. 3. Jurors deliberated for 15 minutes before returning guilty verdicts for the theft and burglary charges Seekins acquired after police caught Seekins and two co-defendants — 34-year-old Dean Spaulding of Troy and 38-year-old Daniel Flood of Brooks — in the act of burglarizing a residence on Ward Hill Road.
Friday, Jan. 4, Walker said Justice Robert Murray ordered Seekins to serve a sentence of six years with all but two years suspended and three years' probation upon his release. Special conditions of Seekins' probation include no use or possession of alcohol or illegal drugs, submitting to random searches for such substances, substance abuse counseling to the satisfaction of his probation officer, no contact with the victims, and no contact with Flood or Spaulding. Murray also ordered Seekins to pay $477 in restitution.
Walker said the state recommended a sentence of eight years with all but three years suspended and three years of probation, while Seekins' defense attorney, Ben Fowler, sought a sentence totaling five years with all but one year suspended and three years of probation.
"I argued that this was a very serious crime where it was nothing short of dumb luck that no one was hurt or killed, and coupled with his serious and lengthy record – it deserved a lengthy sentence," said Walker of Seekins.
Court records show Seekins' criminal record dates back to 1995 and carries 26 total convictions, including seven thefts, three burglaries, three criminal mischief citations, an assault, an aggravated assault, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and criminal trespass.
According to previously published reports, a Waldo County jury found Spaulding guilty on charges of theft, burglary and violating conditions of release in June of last year. Spaulding was ordered to serve nine months for the theft charge, and on the burglary charge, he was ordered to serve five years in the custody of the Department of Corrections with all but 14 months suspended and probation for three years. Spaulding was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $477.
Walker said Flood pleaded guilty to the burglary and theft charges he faced in connection with the incident and simultaneously, Walker said, Flood's case was transferred to Kennebec County so he could participate in the new veterans' court program. Walker said Flood is now residing in the Augusta region and "doing very well."
According to The Republican Journal archives, the men were in the midst of burglarizing a Ward Hill Road residence in September 2011 when the homeowner returned and alerted law enforcement. The police investigation determined that the three suspects had broken into the residence for the purpose of stealing copper.