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    Augusta, Maine

    Maine man who spent 27 years as the North Pond Hermit to be freed

    A Maine man who lived as a hermit for nearly three decades will soon be released from jail and begin transitioning back into society. Christopher Knight, known as the North Pond Hermit, pleaded guilty Monday to 13 counts of burglary and theft and was admitted into the Co-Occurring Disorders Court. Through the special program, Knight will have weekly hearings while he lives and work in the community. He will also get counseling and treatment for alcohol abuse. The specific date of his release has not been determined but his lawyer said it could be within a few months. Police said Knight, 47, may have been responsible for up to 1,000 burglaries while he lived in the woods of central Maine.