North Pond Hermit makes court appearance

1:51 PM, Aug 27, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The man known as the North Pond Hermit was back in court Tuesday. Christopher Knight appeared in Kennebec County Superior Court to face several charges including theft and burglary.

Knight spent more than 25 years living alone in the woods with hardly any human contact. In court, Knight pleaded not guilty to all of the charges brought against him.
His attorney said the not guilty pleas were just a formality for this proceeding. He says that all along night has admitted what he is done.

Knight spent 27-years living in the woods of Maine having contact with only one person, a hiker back in the 1990s. 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. But now his attorney says he's ready to take responsibility and has even set up a bank account in an attempt to repay his victims.

"Part of the reason I wasn't able to go into court right away was concerned about whether he should be pleading guilty now," said Walter McKee, Knight's attorney. "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."

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.

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