BANGOR – Guilty, times five.
Bangor transient John De St. Croix, 26, was convicted Friday of setting fire to a box truck parked underneath the Penobscot Bridge where two homeless people were sleeping, causing their deaths.
He is guilty of two counts of knowing or intentional murder, two counts of felony murder and he is guilty of arson. All those charges are in connection with the deaths of Michael Bridges, 43, and Desiree York, 36.
“I’m happy. Justice is served,” said Mark Bridges, the older brother of Michael Bridges. “Desiree and Michael can rest in peace now.”
Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea said on the courthouse steps that she was pleased with the verdict. The jury of nine women and three men deliberated for two hours before returning the guilty verdicts.
“It was obvious from the video surveillance that was played during the trial that this defendant’s version to law enforcement just wasn’t true,” Zainea said. “He made up what he did and when he did it and the video showed otherwise.”
The videos showed De St. Croix walking away from the burning box truck.
He was carrying tools from the back of the truck and stopped behind Penobscot Plaza to look at the blaze.
He can be seen pushing up his sleeves and crossing his arms. He stood there for 33 seconds before moving on, the video evidence shows.
That was 9:53 p.m. on March 28, 2018. De St. Croix called 911 eight minutes later.
“We’re disappointed,” said defense attorney David Bate. “There was no eyewitness. There was no video [of the start of the fire], there was no confession in evidence. We were really thinking this was a case that was going to go a different way.”
Currently, there is no sentencing date. De St. Croix faces 25 years to life in prison for each of the knowing or intentional murder convictions.
Until a judge determines his sentence, De St. Croix will remain at the Penobscot County Jail, being held without bail.