ELLSWORTH- A Sullivan man will spend the next three years behind bars after setting fire to the Birdsacre Bird Sanctuary in Ellsworth.
Christopher Kidder, 33, pleaded guilty to one charge of arson and two counts of aggravated criminal mischief today.
He told the court that while he continues to defend his innocence, he wants to be able to move on with his life.
The crime was committed at the sanctuary back in March of 2014, damaging a good part of the Cordelia Stanwood home and many of the historic artifacts inside.
The sentence was handed down after the court received a letter from the president of the sanctuary, outlining the difficulties they have faced trying to rebuild.
“It was also an emotional description of what went on from the time of march 2nd, 2014, when we got the phone call that one of your major passions is on fire and may disappear before your eyes. To the point of walking inside and not being able to breathe because it’s so toxic and black. To the struggles of trying to clean it and rebuild it,” said Grayson Richmond, President of the Birdsacre Bird Sanctuary.
Richmond said that now, nearly three years later, the sanctuary is about halfway rebuilt.
He said that the sentence does offer some closure.
Kidder will serve six years of probation after he is released from prison.