A date for jury selection has been tentatively set in the case against a Searsport man accused of taking a fifth-grade class hostage at Stockton Springs Elementary School more than two years ago.

Documents on file at Fifth District Court indicate a jury will be chosen Thursday, Jan. 6 in the case against 57-year-old Randall Hofland. Jury selection is scheduled to take place at Waldo County Superior Court.

Hofland is facing 41 charges that include 22 counts of kidnapping, 12 counts of criminal restraint with a dangerous weapon, six counts of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and a burglary charge.  All of the charges — except for one count of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon — stem from Hofland’s appearance Oct. 31, 2008, at Stockton Springs Elementary School, during which he is accused of entering the school, brandishing a handgun and taking the fifth-grade class hostage.

After police arrived and began talking with Hofland from the corridor, he reportedly gave his gun belt that contained a loaded Glock pistol to a student and was then arrested by officers in the hallway. None of the students or staff members at the school were physically harmed.

The remaining charge of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon involves Hofland’s allegedly having pointed a gun at Searsport Police Officer Jessica Danielson during a routine traffic stop eight days earlier. A manhunt that began following that incident failed to locate Hofland, and his whereabouts were unknown until he was arrested at the Stockton school.

Court documents indicate Hofland — who is serving as his own lead attorney — has filed more than 100 motions at Waldo County Superior Court in connection with his own case.