AUGUSTA — A pair of thieves pleaded guilty Wednesday to a series of camp break-ins that occurred in spring 2012 in the Wayne area.

Eric M. Donnell, 27, formerly of Lewiston, and Carlton J. Enos, 23, of Hartford, pleaded guilty together, just as they committed the burglaries, in Kennebec County Superior Court.

They responded to Justice Daniel Billings’ questions in tandem, acknowledging that they were understood the rights they were giving up by pleading guilty rather than going to trial.

Billings would ask a question, then inquire, “Mr. Donnell?” and “Mr. Enos?” allowing each to respond.

They both pleaded guilty to three counts each of burglary and criminal mischief and two counts of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. In exchange for the pleas, two additional burglary and criminal mischief charges were dismissed.

Donnell was represented by attorney Jason Ranger and Enos by attorney Thomas Carey.

The prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Tracy DeVoll, said the break-ins were discovered around May 2012 as property owners began opening their camps, but it was believed the break-ins began in February of that year.

Donnell and Enos took televisions, DVDs, tools and a generator, among other items, and damaged doors to get into the camps.

DeVoll said police investigating other camp burglaries in Androscoggin and Oxford counties found property that linked the two defendants. Police then questioned Donnell, who admitted the Wayne burglaries, and later drove around with police to indicate where they had occurred. DeVoll said Enos had driven Donnell to the burglary sites, and both men sold the items and split the proceeds.

Donnell was sentenced to three years in prison, concurrent to sentences he is serving for the burglaries in the other counties.

Enos was sentenced to four years in prison, all suspended, two years’ probation consecutive to the sentences in Androscoggin and Oxford. Enos was not in custody.

Attorneys told the judge that the break-ins in all the counties occurred around the same time.

In addition to the sentences, Donnell and Enos were ordered to pay up to $3,876 restitution.

Also sentenced in this week in Kennebec County Superior Court:

• Robert V. Anthony, 33, of Augusta, domestic violence assault July 1 in Augusta; one-year jail sentence, all but 60 days suspended, one year probation.

• Richard L. Ducharme, 28, of Augusta, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, criminal mischief and misuse of identification June 21 in Augusta; four year jail sentence, all but 90 days suspended, two years’ probation and $1,655.34 restitution.

• Maurice L. Hyson, 35, of Jefferson, domestic violence assault and violating condition of release Feb. 21, 2013, in Randolph, 364-day jail sentence, all suspended, two years’ probation, $100 fine.

• Jessica C. LeClair, 39, of Waterville, allowing minor to possess or consume liquor June 9 in Waterville; 364-day jail sentence, all suspended, one year probation, $500 fine.

• William K. Scott III, 34, of Vassalboro, operating under the influence, operating while license suspended or revoked and failure to stop for an officer Sept. 12 in Waterville; nine-month jail sentence, $2,000 fine, seven-year license suspension, six-year registration suspension.

• Mark J. Tardif, 25, of Coopers Mills, operating under the influence, endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful possession of scheduled drug June 4 in Augusta; 180-day jail sentence, all but 10 days suspended, to be served in the alternative sentencing program, one year probation, $700 fine, three-year license and registration suspension.

• Jeremy Turner, 28, of Clinton, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and operating while license suspended or revoked Sept. 19 in Waterville; $900 fine.

• Jason Lee York, 39, of North Vassalboro; operating while license suspended or revoked Oct. 1 in Augusta; $500 fine.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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Twitter: @betadams


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