Convicted arsonist charged with second blaze

ELLSWORTH — A Stonington man who has begun serving a federal prison sentence for burning a boat was charged Oct. 5 in an unrelated arson case, according to Steve McCausland, Maine Public Safety spokesman.

Jeremy Eaton, 40, was charged with allegedly setting a fire that destroyed a camper in Stonington on July 5, 2014, McCausland said. The camper was valued at $4,000.

Investigators summoned Eaton in New Hampshire, where he was en route to federal prison to begin serving his sentence for the boat fire.

Eaton had recently been convicted in U.S. District Court in connection with a boat fire that occurred on April 16, 2014, in Stonington.

A judge sentenced Eaton to serve seven years in prison for the boat fire.

The camper fire and the boat fire are not related events, McCausland said. Eaton allegedly set fire to the camper after a dispute with its owner, authorities said.

Eaton is scheduled to appear in Hancock County Superior Court on Nov. 22 to address the newest charge of arson.

Jennifer Osborn

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