Man who set fire to Rockland garage gets nine months

By Stephen Betts | Aug 08, 2019
Courtesy of: Knox County Jail Hendrix Hallowell

Rockland — A 19-year-old South Thomaston man who set fire to a residential garage two months ago will serve nine months and one day in jail.

Hendrix Hallowell pleaded guilty July 25 in Knox County Court to arson and burglary.

He was sentenced to two years in jail with all but nine months and one day suspended, to be followed by two years' probation.

Hallowell and a 17-year-old were arrested June 19 and charged with setting a fire May 30 at the Camden Street Terrace property of Susie Gray.

The fire spread quickly, but was put out by firefighters, who stopped it from spreading to the nearby house.

The garbage pickup man for the neighborhood discovered the fire and told investigators he saw two young men walking away from the building. The witness said he noticed the main door to the garage was partly open, which was unusual, and when he got nearer he noticed flames around some rags inside the garage.

An investigation by the state Fire Marshal's Office and Rockland police, using video footage from nearby businesses and interviews with witnesses, led to the identification of Hendrix and the second youth.

Hendrix had told police they had been in the garage at another time as well, because he was looking for a place to sleep.

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