Norridgewock Man Serves Five Years After Paper Mill Standoff

Updated 2 years ago

A Norridgewock man who held a paper mill manager hostage during a nine-hour armed standoff in Jay is going to prison for five years.Francis Smith III pleaded guilty Friday to kidnapping, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, terrorizing, and assault. Prosecutors say Smith was angry at losing his job and upset over the treatment of workers at the Verso Paper Mill in Jay.Authorities say he had a shotgun and a handgun when he went to the paper mill on March 14th and took the manager hostage.


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