Saturday, December 21, 2013
SKOWHEGAN — A Harmony man was sentenced this week to 15 years in prison, with all but three years suspended, for threatening a Cambridge couple with a gun and then setting their house on fire in 2012.
Stacy Lee Gourley
The man, Stacy Lee Gourley, 45, of North Road, also is ordered to serve four years of probation once he is released, to have no contact with the victims and to possess no incendiary devices.
He was sentenced Wednesday and immediately turned over to corrections officers at the county jail.
Gourley pleaded guilty to felony reckless conduct with a firearm and to arson in connection with the Feb. 9, 2012, incident on Dexter Road in Cambridge.
According to court records, the victims told police that Gourley fired a shot at their house from a vehicle on Dexter Road. The couple reported being familiar with Gourley because of an altercation with him two weeks earlier.
The couple also reported that Gourley walked around their house and looked in the windows, and when they confronted him, he put a .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun to the homeowner’s head.
The homeowner “had words with him and told him to shoot,” according to court records. Gourley ran off and as he did, he turned and fired a round toward the house, according to the arrest affidavit filed by Somerset County sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Leal.
Police later recovered a .22-caliber shell casing, according to the court document.
Minutes after the call to police, the Cambridge couple called 911 to report their house was on fire in the area where Gourley had been looking in windows. Investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s Office said an accelerant was used to start the fire.
Gourley also was ordered to pay more than $38,500 to cover damages caused by the fire. His lawyer, Scott Gurney, of Waterville, said Gourley probably will serve his time at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham.
Doug Harlow — 612-2367