AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The man known as the North Pond Hermit pleaded guilty today to 13 burglary and theft charges.
Christopher Knight was accused of committing more than one thousand burglaries and break ins while living alone in the woods for more than 27 years. Knight allegedly stole things from camps in order to survive. The thirteen charges are the only ones that fall within the statute of limitations.
For his sentence Knight could face anywhere from seven months, which is almost time served, up to seven years. He'll get the lighter sentence if he successfully completes a program within the Co-Occurring Disorders Court. Today's proceeding was more about helping Knight rather than punishing him.
"We want him to be successful. We want him to have a successful reintegration to the community and I was not convinced that if he went to state prison but that would've been possible", said District Attorney Meaghan Maloney.
As part of the program Knight will have to have a full-time job, be going to school or volunteering in the community.
Knight's attorney says it is hard to tell if Knight's time in jail has helped him adapt to being around people.
"Chris is by his very nature a very close lipped person. If there's anything we know about him in over 27 years, he's not been one to talk or interact a lot with people. I think it's hard to tell. He seems to be doing fairly well, but it remains to be seen", said Walter McKee.
McKee says Knight has not given even him an explanation as to why he dropped out of society for 27-years. He says its something the public may never learn.