February 04, 2023

Monson man gets 10 years in armed assault

DOVER-FOXCROFT – A former Monson man, who threatened an Abbot woman with a firearm last year and then eluded police for nearly two weeks after the incident, will spend 10 years in prison.

Robert Glenn Burton, aka Robert Elliott Burton, 26, pleaded guilty in Piscataquis County Superior Court on Tuesday to criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, assault, being a felon possessing a firearm without a permit, four Class B burglaries, and four Class D counts of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer.

The charges stem from June 2002 when Burton broke into the Craig Snowden camp on Whetstone Pond, grabbed a rifle with a mounted sight and hid in a bathroom, according to Piscataquis County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy.

When Heidi Warren, Snowden’s girlfriend, entered the camp, Burton shoved her and pinned her against a door and told Warren he would shoot her if she screamed. Burton knew the family because he had just finished a jail sentence in connection with a domestic violence case involving Warren’s daughter, according to Almy. Almy said Tuesday he was not sure whether the gun was loaded when Burton threatened Warren.

Warren managed to convince Burton, who also threatened to kill himself, to leave the camp. Almy said Burton left with the gun and other items from the Whetstone Pond camp. The police were notified and an extensive hunt for Burton was conducted.

Staying in secluded camps that he broke into, Burton managed to elude police for nearly two weeks until his capture in Willimantic after a four-hour standoff with police. Police found items with Burton that had been stolen from other camps, according to Almy.

Justice William Broderick said the maximum penalty for the crimes was 30 years in prison and $30,000 in fines. Broderick opted to take Almy’s recommendation of a total of 10 years, which met the approval of Burton’s attorney, Jeffrey Silverstein of Bangor. Burton also was placed on probation for four years to be served concurrent with an existing term. He also was ordered to pay restitution of $1,240.

Standing before Broderick on Tuesday, Burton said he had given his actions a lot of thought. “I am really sorry to all the victims; it’s nobody else’s fault but mine,” he said.

“Saying sorry right now is a start,” Broderick responded.

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