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Colcord receives jail time and hefty fine after arson plea

March 15, 2012
OSSIPEE — After confessing to setting a string of fires last summer, John Colcord of Eaton was sentenced in Carroll County Superior Court March 5.

The 18-year-old will serve 18 months in the county jail. Once that sentence is complete, he will be on probation for five years and have a suspended three-and-a-half to seven year state prison sentence, suspended, that he will not have to serve unless he gets in trouble again.

Colcord was fined $1,972,269 plus a 17 percent administrative fee to pay back the victims of his crimes and to cover court costs. Colcord's sentence also includes that he complete 500 hours of community service, successfully complete a therapy program related to arson behavior, and take a tour of the state prison.

Originally arrested and charged for one of the fires in September 2011 and formally indicted by the grand jury in January on 10 counts of arson, Colcord had been out on bail with conditions that included he wear an electronic monitoring bracelet.

According to court documents obtained this week, Colcord pled guilty to 10 fires. The fires included brush fires in the Ossipee Pine Barrens, several fires at Purity Spring Resort, a home in Eaton and one in Freedom, two barns in Madison where livestock was also killed and a cabin on Page Hill Road in Tamworth during the period of May 31 to June 27, 2011.

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