No jail for man admitting to burglary


PARIS — An Andover man got a suspended jail sentence Friday, several months after admitting to burglarizing a cabin last summer.

Oxford County Superior Court Justice Robert Clifford accepted a plea agreement sentencing Peter Wayne Cole, 38, of 209 East Andover Road to a fully suspended eight-year prison term with six years of probation.

He also must pay $50 to the owner of a stolen car, $100 to the owner of the cabin and $700 to an insurance company.

According to a report by Trooper Kyle Tilsley of the Maine State Police, the Mexico Police Department received a call last June from a man reporting the theft of his 1993 Subaru Legacy station wagon. Another man later reported that the Andover cabin he was renting and a camper-trailer had both been broken into, and that tools, knives and two firearms had been taken.

Police found the vehicle and stolen items at a residence on Farmer’s Hill Road in Andover. The residents said Cole entered and told them he had stolen the car and items, but fled into the woods after a game warden arrived. Officers from the Maine State Police, Oxford County Sheriff’s Office and Maine Warden Service pursued Cole and arrested him.

Tilsley said Cole was previously convicted of criminal possession of a weapon in Hudson City Court in New York. He was also convicted in South Paris District Court of forgery and criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.

Cole was indicted in July on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle and two counts of theft. He pleaded guilty in November to burglary and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

Assistant District Attorney Joseph O’Connor said the sentencing was delayed after the plea with the understanding that Cole’s jail time could vary, depending on his actions during the months between the plea and the sentencing. O’Connor said Cole had been seeking treatment for substance abuse issues.

“As far as I know, he has not had any problems in the interim,” O’Connor said.

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