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Man Sentenced for Verso Paper Mill Standoff
11/30/2012 03:19 PM ET  

Francis Smith III of Norridgewock pleaded guilty today to kidnapping, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, terrorizing, and assault in connection with an incident at the Verso Paper Androscoggin Mill in Jay in March.

FRAMINGTON, Maine (AP) _ A man who held a paper mill manager hostage during a nine-hour armed standoff in Jay, Maine, is going to prison for five years.

Francis Smith III of Norridgewock pleaded guilty today to kidnapping, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, terrorizing, and assault. The Sun Journal says he was ordered to serve five years of a 12-year sentence.

Smith was reportedly angry about losing his job and upset over the treatment of workers at the Verso Paper Androscoggin Mill.

Prosecutors say he had a shotgun and a handgun when he went to the mill on March 14 and kept the manager hostage. He eventually surrendered.


 

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