Man Who Lived as Hermit Finishes Court Program - NECN


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Man Who Lived as Hermit Finishes Court Program

Christopher Knight, known as the North Pond Hermit, was arrested in April 2013



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    FILE - This April 2013 file booking photo provided by the Kennebec County Sheriff's Office in Augusta, Maine, shows Christopher Knight, arrested Thursday, April 4, 2013, while stealing food from a camp in Rome, Maine. The man who spent nearly three decades in the woods of Maine before his high-profile arrest earlier this month has attracted a marriage proposal and a stranger's offer to bail him out, prompting authorities to dramatically increase his bail Sunday April 14, 2013 amid fears he could be exploited by unscrupulous characters. (AP Photo/Kennebec County Sheriff's Office, File)

    A man who lived as a hermit in the Maine woods for nearly three decades has finished a special court program.

    Christopher Knight, known as the North Pond Hermit, stole food, clothing and camping gear from homes while living in the central Maine woods for 27 years before being arrested in April 2013.

    He pleaded guilty to 13 counts of burglary and theft and served about seven months in jail before entering the court program in October 2013.

    Knight attended a brief hearing in Kennebec County Superior Court on Monday and will begin three years' probation.

    Attorney Walt McKee says Knight has been working for his brother in exchange for room and board. He says Knight is participating in a vocational rehabilitation program to develop skills for a regular job.

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