FARMINGTON — Two men have been sentenced for their parts in a string of Franklin County convenience store burglaries and fires set at a home in Wilton and a camp in Carthage.

Devon Pease, 23, of Jay, pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal mischief for his role in a fire set last June at a home on Sewall Street in Wilton. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary and one count of theft for a string of convenience store burglaries in Jay, New Vineyard and Weld on June 30 and July 1.

Pease was sentenced to five years in prison, with all but six months suspended, for the criminal mischief conviction. He was sentenced to two years in prison, all suspended, for the burglary and theft convictions, to run concurrent with his criminal mischief sentence. He received two years of probation for each sentence, to run consecutively.

The second man, Duane Bailey, 28, formerly of Massachusetts, was ordered to serve two 12-year sentences, with all but 46 months suspended, for two separate arson charges, one for his part in the fire set at the Sewall Street home and the other for a fire he helped set later on the night of June 27 at a log-style camp in Carthage. The sentences will be served concurrently, and Bailey will be on probation for four years after his release.

Bailey also was sentenced to serve four years in prison for each of three felony burglary counts to which he pleaded guilty in connection with the convenience store break-ins. Additionally, he was sentenced to serve 180 days for each of the two counts of theft he also pleaded guilty to in the same case. The sentencing in this case will be served concurrently with his sentence in the arson case.

Bailey pleaded guilty to his charges in court hearing prior to last week’s sentencing.


Bailey and Pease are two of four men who were charged in connection with last summer’s arsons and burglaries. D’Kota Rowe, 21, of Wilton, and Einer Bonilla, 22, of Grand Island, Nebraska, face similar charges in their own separate cases.

Bonilla pleaded guilty last month to three felony counts of burglary and two misdemeanor charges of theft in connection with the convenience store burglaries, though he has not been sentenced yet for those convictions. He is scheduled to appear in court May 16 for a dispositional conference on four felony counts of arson and one felony county of criminal mischief for allegedly helping to set the Wilton and Carthage fires.

Rowe’s trial on the five counts of arson and one count of criminal mischief he is charged with for the Wilton and Carthage fires took place last week, though a verdict is not expected until later this month. A trial date for his burglary case, in which he faces three felony counts of burglary and two misdemeanor charges of theft, has not been scheduled yet.

Lauren Abbate — 861-9252

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