AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The man known as the North Pond Hermit appeared in court Tuesday and it appears his case will be resolved sooner rather than later.
Christopher Knight was arraigned in Kennebec County Superior Court on several theft and burglary charges.
Knight spent 27-years living in the woods of Maine having contact with only one person, a hiker back in the 1990's. He told investigators he broke into camps and stole things to survive. His legend grew in the area as he became known as the North Pond Hermit.
It is a case, according to both attorneys, that has spawned a wide range of public opinion from those who think Christopher Knight should be freed immediately to others who say he should be locked up for the rest of his life.
In court, Knight responded not guilty as the charges against him were read. His attorney said the not guilty pleas were just a formality for this proceeding. He says that all along Knight admitted what has done.
"Part of the reason I wasn't able to go into court right away was concerned about whether he should be pleading guilty now. He has always 100% accepted responsibility for what he did. He's prepared to do that and it's awkward in a format like this to be saying not guilty when he told police that he was guilty", said Knight's attorney Walter McKee.
Right now Knight stands indicted on just seven charges of burglary and six charges of theft. His attorney expects the case will be resolved within the next month or two with Knight pleading guilty.