WINTER HARBOR — A Winter Harbor woman who admitted to helping two men accused of killing a dog avoid police was sentenced Monday.

Maria Lockhart, 26, pleaded guilty to hindering apprehension or prosecution, the Bangor Daily News reported.

A jury found Lockhart’s boyfriend, Justin Chipman, guilty in the August 2018 shooting death of lobsterman Phil Torrey’s pug, named Franky.

Chipman and Nathan Burke were accused of taking Franky from Torrey’s home while he was out of town. Lockhart drove the two men to Bangor and helped them rent a hotel room after the dog went missing, prosecutors said.

The dog’s body later washed ashore in Winter Harbor.

Both men worked on Torrey’s lobster boat. They turned themselves in to police in September 2018.

Chipman was convicted on animal cruelty, burglary and other charges. He is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday.

Lockhart was placed on deferred disposition for a year. She will be able to withdraw her plea if she meets certain conditions.

Related Headlines

Comments are not available on this story.

Augusta and Waterville news

Get news and events from your towns in your inbox every Friday.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.