A Waldo County jury found Randall Hofland guilty Friday evening on 39 of the 40 charges he was facing, after deliberating for approximately five hours.

Hofland was found not guilty on one charge of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, which involved former Searsport Police Officer Jessica Danielson. Hofland had been accused of pointing a gun at Danielson at a safety checkpoint Oct. 23, 2008, a charge he denied throughout the trial and sought to cast doubt.

He was additionally found not guilty on one charge of criminal restraint with a dangerous weapon, which involved a particular student who was at the Stockton Springs Elementary School on Oct. 31, 2008. However, the jury found Hofland guilty of a lesser offense on that charge, criminal restraint without a dangerous weapon.

As he was escorted out of the courthouse by jail personnel, Hofland was asked for his reaction to the verdicts.

“It is what it is,” he said. “But we have a long way to go yet.”

Although the jury completed its work on determining whether Hofland was guilty on the charges he was facing, the trial will enter a second stage Monday, Jan. 31. That is because prior to the beginning of this trial three weeks ago, in addition to his not guilty pleas, Hofland also entered a plea of not criminally responsible by reason of insanity.

Justice Jeffrey Hjelm, who presided over the trial, said he expects the second stage of the trial to take several days. Unlike the criminal trial, in which the burden of the proof rested with the prosecution, the burden of proof now rests entirely with the defense.

“The issue now is, he has to prove that he didn’t know right from wrong at the time he went in to the school, or that he suffered from an abnormal condition of the mind that would preclude him from being convicted,” explained defense attorney Jeffrey Toothaker, who has been serving as standby counsel for Hofland during his trial.

“If he is unsuccessful [in proving that], then we go on to sentencing,” Toothaker continued. “If he is successful, he will be institutionalized by the state for as long as the state may determine is appropriate. It is an indeterminate sentence.”

District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau declined to comment on the jury’s verdicts, because his work with the trial is not yet complete.

This story will be updated.