A Waldo man, who left home and made explosives at the home of a local detective in 2012, will serve a total of two years in federal prison as the result of a plea agreement and a deal worked out between state and federal prosecutors.

Waldo County Deputy District Attorney Eric Walker said the case involving 25-year-old Jesse Newton of Waldo was a fairly complicated one because it involved charges Newton incurred at both the state and federal levels.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Newton will serve two years in prison for being in possession of ammunition by a person convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. After Newton completes that sentence he will be subject to three years of supervised release.

Walker said in cases like this, the state will yield to the federal government before proceeding with its own case.

"A federal sentence tends to be more severe than a state sentence," said Walker.

In Newton's case, Walker said, the state and federal prosecutors reached an agreement that allowed the U.S. Attorney's Office to take the lead and then wrap the state sentence in once the federal case was completed.

Oct. 8, a day after Newton was sentenced at U.S. District Court in Bangor on the ammunition possession charge, Walker said Newton was sentenced at Waldo County Superior Court in Belfast on a state-level charge of criminal use of explosives, a charge to which Newton pleaded guilty.

Walker said Newton incurred the charges that led to his arrest following a series of events that occurred Jan. 4, 2012.

According to previously published reports, Detective Merl Reed with the Waldo County Sheriff's Office was at his home on the evening of Jan. 4 "when he heard several loud explosions outside of his home."

An affidavit from Stuart Jacobs with the Maine Fire Marshal's Office stated he was called to assist with the investigation of the criminal use of so-called "acid bombs" at Reed's residence.

Jacobs stated these types of "over-pressure devices" are commonly made with plastic soda bottles filled with several kinds of reactive chemicals and aluminum foil.

"The explosion can cause significant damage and exposure to the chemicals can cause serious injury," stated Jacobs.

Jacobs said Reed was at home watching television at about 8:35 p.m. when he heard three loud explosions outside.

Reed reportedly went outside to investigate. The detective then got into his cruiser and headed down his driveway to look around some more and that's when he noticed "a large quantity of roofing nails in his driveway," according to the affidavit.

After checking the area around the driveway and the nearby ditch, Reed located three plastic soda bottles that had exploded, according to the affidavit. Reed reportedly found several other soda bottles that had not exploded.

Reed called WCSO to report the incident.

Deputies Kevin Littlefield and Nicholas Oettinger initially responded, as well as officers with the Belfast Police Department.

Jacobs stated that Belfast Sgt. John Gibbs later learned Newton had purchased a pound of roofing nails at Belfast Variety at about 5 p.m. on Jan. 4, and that video surveillance reportedly showed images of Newton in the store picking up handfuls of roofing nails.

While talking with deputies at the scene, Reed noticed a Ford Ranger driving by his residence, Jacobs stated. Reed reportedly recognized the driver as one of Newton's relatives and the passenger as a female acquaintance of Newton's. At that time Reed told investigators he felt that was suspicious because he had recently arrested Newton's sister, Juice Newton.

Littlefield stopped the Ford Ranger a short time later and interviewed the two women separately, Jacobs stated. Initially, Newton's relative stated they were headed to her brother's house to look at a vehicle. Newton's female friend said Newton had not left his home in Waldo at all that day, but after being further questioned the woman stated that Newton had gone out to buy something for dinner.

Jacobs stated he met Littlefield at the site of the traffic stop and asked Newton's friend some additional questions.

"During this interview [Newton's friend] admitted that Jesse [Newton] was aware that his sister Juice was arrested by Detective Reed. [Newton's friend] admitted that Jesse [Newton] was angry at Detective Reed," Jacobs stated.

According to the affidavit, Jacobs went with other officers to Newton's residence the next day to execute a search warrant. At that time, Jacobs stated, police located "numerous three liter plastic soda bottles on the ground behind the dwelling" as well as pieces of aluminum foil.

Jacobs stated evidence recovered at the scene at Reed's residence included seven acid bombs, three of which had exploded.

Walker said at that time investigators also found about a pound of marijuana at Newton's home.

As a result of the search, Newton was arrested and charged with violating a protection order, criminal use of explosives and aggravated possession of marijuana. At the time of his initial arrest, Newton's bail was set at $15,000 cash or $100,000 surety.

Walker said Newton made bail on those charges but then during a bail check police located a firearm that was stored in an old school bus on Newton's property. Because it was a bail violation, Newton returned to jail and has remained in custody since November 2012.

Because of that, Walker said Newton has since served a total of six months on the state charges and another six months on the federal charge, and he will get credit for that time served.

The total remaining sentence Newton must serve is 18 months to satisfy the federal side of his case and another six months to complete the state-level sentence.

Walker said prosecutors consulted with Reed on the agreed-upon sentence, and Reed signed off on the case.

"I think everyone was satisfied with it," said Walker.

Walker said prior to the incidents early last year, Newton "did not have a significant record."

"Going from having a fairly minor record to serving a two-year federal prison sentence is a pretty significant jump, but we feel it's appropriate," said Walker.