2 Indicted, 1 Sentenced, In Area Armed Robberies

BANGOR - Two men, who are well known in the law enforcement community, were handed up multiple indictments for their alleged involvement in area armed robberies.

Collaboration between the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department and the Maine State Police led to the arrests of 37 year-old Chester Birmingham of Patten,  40 year-old Donald Getchell of Greenbush and 30 year-old Benjamin Sprague -- a Bangor area transient -- back in September.

All three are connected to two armed robberies, one in Orrington, another in Glenburn, and an attempted robbery at Bob's Kozy Corner Store in Orrington.

The public was credited with helping police find their men after posting surveillance video on the Maine State Police Facebook page.

Sprague, has already been sentenced after he pleaded guilty in a dispositional conference back on January 7th.

He will serve 12 years in prison with 4 years suspended, with an additional 4 years’ probation.

As for Birmingham and Getchell, both have been indicted today by the Penobscot county grand jury.

Birmingham is scheduled to be in court February 4th and Getchell on February 10th.

Clay Gordon

Morning Anchor/Reporter


Clay was hired by WVII/WFVX as a morning anchor for FOX BANGOR's 7AM News Hour and as reporter for the 6,10 & 11 o’clock news in July 2011.

He graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington where he received his B.A. in Journalism. Clay has worked at Fox National News in New York, WTIU in Indianapolis and the Big Ten Network.

In his free time, Clay is a firefighter for the Holden Fire/Rescue Department in Holden and is an avid hockey fan.

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