ELLSWORTH — A former Surry man will spend three years in prison for his role in the burglary last year of a home in Penobscot.
George Gray, 46, was sentenced Feb. 22 in Hancock County Superior Court to three years on a Class B burglary charge and to 90 days, to be served concurrent, on a Class E theft charge. Gray was convicted of the charges at a Feb. 25 jury trial.
According to Hancock County Assistant District Attorney Mary Kellett, Gray was the driver during the June 28 burglary. The passenger, and co-defendant, was Gray’s son, George Francis, also of Surry. Francis, 24, entered a plea to the charges on Jan. 3 and sentenced to three and a half years in prison, with all but 90 days suspended.
Gray and Francis were driving in Penobscot when they drove up a driveway to an unoccupied home. The passenger got out and the vehicle left the driveway only to return a short time later. The passenger got back in and the vehicle left the area.
A neighbor who witnessed the event called the homeowner and provided a description of the vehicle. The homeowner called a friend, who located Gray and Francis and, after calling the Sheriff’s Department, began to follow their vehicle.
A deputy caught up with Gray and Francis on Route 15 in Orland, turning on the blue lights of the cruiser to stop their vehicle.
“They started throwing things out the window,” Kellett said.
The ejected items included jewelry taken from the home, Kellett said.
Gray’s sentence reflects two aggravating factors, Kellett said.
First, he had a prior conviction for trafficking in oxycodone, she said. Secondly, he has a conviction for furnishing drugs, where he was accused of giving oxycodone to Francis, who was a minor at the time, Kellett said.