Dedham woman admits to burglary spree

ELLSWORTH — A 52-year-old Dedham woman accused, along with her daughter, of going on a burglary spree in Hancock and Penobscot counties pleaded guilty last week in Hancock County Superior Court.

Lorrie Gray pleaded guilty March 21 to burglaries and thefts at six homes between August and October of last year. The homes were in Dedham, Hermon, Glenburn and Orrington.

In a plea agreement with prosecutors, Gray will serve three and a half years in prison with all but 90 days suspended and two years probation. After serving the 90 days, she is to comply with the requirements of the Hancock County drug court where, if she successfully completes the program, she will not have to serve the unsuspended portion of her sentence.

In addition, Gray is to pay restitution in an amount that has not yet been set.

Justice Ann Murray was, at first, reluctant to accept the agreement without knowing how much restitution Gray was expected to pay. She estimated that the amount could be as much as $20,000, a total that came as a surprise to Gray.

“I didn’t know it was so high,” Gray said.

After deliberating, Murray decided to allow the agreement to go through.

“I’m going to accept this plea,” she said. “I’m uncomfortable, though, letting this go before the contours of the agreement are solidified.”

Murray set a court date of April 18 to finalize details on restitution.

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander