Prisoner nets three more years for arson

By Juliette Laaka | Jun 24, 2014

Rockland — A 36-year-old Maine State Prison inmate was sentenced to serve an additional three years in custody for a January 2013 fire he set in another inmate's cell.

Ralph G. Buck, originally from Rumford before his incarceration, pleaded guilty to one count of arson June 24. A second count of arson was dismissed.

Buck set a fire in a footlocker of another inmate's cell with the intent to damage or destroy property, according to court papers.

The fire was discovered when smoke was detected coming from the cell, said court papers.

Buck's earliest possible release date is listed as November 2017 on the Department of Correction's website.

He was represented by Waldoboro attorney Phil Cohen.

Courier Publications' reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at

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