A Stonington man was sentenced to seven years in prison and three years of supervised release for setting fire to a lobster boat.

Jeremy Eaton, 39, was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Bangor by Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. He pled guilty to the charge on March 11.

According to court records, Eaton walked to Stonington Harbor on April 16, 2014 and took gasoline cans from a skiff docked in the harbor, then used another small boat to get a fiberglass lobster boat moored in the harbor. He emptied the cans of gasoline into the lobster boat and set a fire, destroying the boat.

“To destroy a lobsterman’s boat is to destroy his livelihood,” Judge Woodcock said in delivering the sentence.

Eaton and the owner of the lobster boat had “a long-standing history,” said James M. Moore, the assistant U.S. Attorney who handled the case.


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