Three Men Who Terrorized Farmington Last Halloween Headed To Prison
Three men who terrorized the Farmington community during a crime spree last Halloween are headed to prison.It’s not usually the type of crime that happens around Farmington or anywhere else in Maine, but last Halloween, 28-year-old Kevin Crandall, 27-year-old Marcus Thompson, and 20-year-old Michael Kidd went on a crime spree that shocked and angered folks in the Farmington community. Thursday, they answered for those crimes. Judge Mikayla Murphy sentenced Crandall, the ring leader of the trio, to 20 years in prison (25 years with all but 20 suspended, plus an additional 8 years suspended sentence and 4 years probation). Thompson and Kidd will each spend the next 15 years behind bars (20 years with all but 15 suspended and 4 years probation). They’re also ordered to pay $6390 in restitution. According to prosecutor James Andrews, Crandall, Thompson, and Kidd burglarized three Farmington homes last Halloween. At the last stop, the home of a 65-year-old man and his 63-year-old wife whom we will not identify, their burglary spree escalated into something far worse.Andrews said the three men knocked on the door. Thinking it was trick-or-treaters, the older couple opened the door to find Crandall, Thompson, and Kidd wearing ski masks. Crandall, armed with a stolen handgun, forced his way into the house. The men went all through the house stealing cash, jewelry, oxycodone, and two pistols. Once all three men were armed, Thompson and Kidd kidnapped the 65-year-old man and made him drive to several ATM machines in and around Farmington, withdrawing cash until he had reached his daily limit. Meanwhile, Crandall held the man’s 63-year-old wife at gunpoint. “I didn’t know if I’d ever see him alive again,” the woman told the judge in court today. Before finally leaving the home, Crandall told the couple they would return and kill them if they called the police. In all, the three men stole nearly $3000 in cash, along with the oxycodone, jewelry, and guns.The man and his wife got emotional when they told the judge, and the men who terrorized them that night, that they should spend a long time behind bars. “I’m concerned about when they get out. I’ll be in my 80′s,” the woman said, before turning to the three defendants. “What am I supposed to do? Are you going to come after me?”Her husband, a Vietnam veteran who has already undergone years of Post Traumatic Stress treatment, also told the judge not to go easy on the defendants. “I believe that these people have chosen a career path that puts them apart from society. I think they should spend more time with people who have chosen the same career path.”Next, Prosecutor James Andrews laid out all the aggravating factors he thought warranted a harsh sentence. “First and perhaps most importantly, we have the use of a firearm. That’s not a firearm that’s kept under clothing. It’s not a firearm that’s pointed at the ground. It’s a firearm that’s openly displayed and directly pointed at the victims, along with explicit threats of death,” Andrews said.Andrews scoffed at the notion that only minor criminal offenses equaled mitigating circumstances, pointing out most people never have any run-ins with the law. “The state would be very happy to oblige them if they would commit incremental crime,” Andrews said. “This is not an incremental crime. If they want to go out and commit a barn burglary or a camp burglary, the state would be happy to oblige them with an incremental sentence.”Then it was the defendants’ turn. Their attorneys asked the judge for leniency, arguing that the defendants suffered from substance abuse and that none of them had been convicted of any serious crimes, although they all had previous convictions on their records. All three defendants addressed the judge and the victims, each making their case for a lenient sentence. “I believe my lawyer is asking you to sentence me to 8 years unsuspended and the state is asking for 20. 8 years is a long time, but 20 years seems like forever,” Kidd told the judge. “If I serve 8 years I still can be a father to my son. I cannot do that if I serve 20 years.”The judge hopes these sentences, 2o years for Crandall and 15 years each for Kidd and Thompson, send a message that crimes like these will not be tolerated.