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Maine hermit could go free after court hearing

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A man who lived as a hermit in the Maine woods for 27 years before his arrest in April could get out of jail this month after a hearing admitting him to a special court program. The Kennebec Journal reported that Christopher Knight is scheduled to be admitted to the Co-Occurring Disorders Court on Oct. 28 if he pleads guilty as expected to multiple burglary and theft charges. His lawyer said Thursday that details are being finalized. The program allows him to live in the community, work, and undergo counseling and treatment. Knight, 47, known as the North Pond hermit, was arrested after police said they caught him stealing food from a camp in Rome.

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