The man who was convicted last month of holding students at Stockton Springs Elementary School hostage with a gun on Halloween 2008 will be sentenced for those crimes at Waldo County Superior Courthouse next month.

A court clerk confirmed Thursday, Feb. 17, a sentencing hearing for 57-year-old Randall Hofland has been scheduled for Monday, March 14, and Tuesday, March 15.

After a trail that spanned nearly the entire month of January, a jury found Hofland guilty of 39 of 40 charges he faced in connection with the school hostage event. The bulk of those charges were kidnapping, criminal restraint with a dangerous weapon and criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, all of which stemmed from his entering the school, brandishing a handgun and taking the fifth grade class hostage.

After five hours of deliberation, the jury found Hofland not guilty on one charge of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, which involved former Searsport Police Officer Jessica Danielson. Hofland was 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.

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

During a second phase of the criminal trial, the same jury panel also found Hofland criminally responsible for his acts, despite Hofland’s argument he was insane at the time he committed the crimes.