Woman Pleads Guilty to Sorrento Arson

ELLSWORTH — A woman charged by a federal grand jury of setting fire to a Sorrento house has pleaded guilty to damaging over $1,000 worth of federal property.


Cecelia Sanborn, 25, of Franklin pleaded guilty March 9 in U.S. District Court in Bangor.

Hancock County Sheriff Bill Clark said Sanborn will be sentenced later this spring. Under federal sentencing guidelines, Sanborn could be sentenced to serve two and a half to three years in prison, Clark said.

Sanborn allegedly set fire to her mother’s house in Sorrento, which was the location of an extensive marijuana growing operation, officials reported.

The woman allegedly started the fire in 2006, two days after a federal court granted forfeiture of the house and land to police. The house was completely destroyed.

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