- Associated Press - Thursday, September 22, 2016

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - A Maine man who pleaded guilty to setting a lobster boat on fire has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison.

Jeremy Eaton, of Stonington, apologized for his actions Thursday before a judge imposed the sentence, saying that “to destroy a lobsterman’s boat is to destroy his livelihood.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney James Moore said the arson on April 16, 2014, had nothing to with territorial feuds that sometimes crop up among fishermen. He said there was simply a longstanding history between the two men.

The 39-year-old Eaton told investigators that he set fire to the fiberglass lobster boat using gas cans he’d taken from a skiff.

Moore praised fire marshal and Coast Guard investigators for obtaining information from the tight-lipped fishing community to bring charges.

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