BANGOR – Five homeless people who were squatting at 157 Court St. are now facing a slew of charges.
“All the defendants who were present at the scene admitted to spending between two to seven days at the apartment,” District Attorney Marianne Lynch told judge John Lucy Tuesday at the first appearance for the five at the Penobscot Judicial Center.
Kristen Lounsberry, 30, Kayla Black, 26, Zach Colon, 22, Kimberly Hardy, 40, and her 18-year-old son, Christopher Campbell were all charged on Feb. 16 with felony burglary, as well as misdemeanor criminal mischief and criminal trespass.
“When law enforcement arrived inside, the heat had been turned up to 75 degrees, it was littered with trash, drug paraphernalia, there was blood on one of the walls,” Lynch said. “There was a hole that was discovered in the apartment that went straight through to the adjourning apartment.”
She said, “Building supplies that had were supposed to be used to complete the renovating had been whittled into knives and swords.”
In addition to the three crimes, the building owner has reported missing tools, which may lead to additional charges, the district attorney said.
Campbell’s bail was set at $1,000, Colon got $350 and Lounsberry’s was set at $750.
Hardy, who is Campbell’s mother, reportedly had suboxone on her when arrested so she is facing an additional felony charge of trafficking in prison contraband. Her bail was set at $1,000.
Black, who was out on bail for a previous drug possession charge when arrested, is scheduled to be sentenced for that on Friday. Her bail was set at $500 for the new charges.
The next court date for all five is scheduled for April 14. Class B burglary, the most serious of the crimes charged, carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000 for those convicted.
“One of the co-defendants has admitted to entering the apartment through an unlocked door,” Lynch said of Lounsberry. “All the co-defendants, when interviewed, admitted knowing they didn’t have permission” to be at the property.
“She indicated that she was cold….and said she did it so that she wouldn’t freeze,” Lynch said.