Robert H. Boggia Jr. Washington County Jail photo Credit: Courtesy of Washington County Jail

A Whiting man charged with multiple violent felony crimes was indicted Friday by a Washington County grand jury.

Robert H. Boggia Jr., 33, is accused of conspiring to kill a Blue Hill woman whose house he is accused of burning down nearly six years ago. Boggia allegedly tried to arrange the killing last fall while incarcerated at Washington County Jail, according to District Attorney Matthew Foster. The plans were never set in motion.

Boggia also is facing charges of gross sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, possession of a firearm by a felon, burglary, theft, domestic violence assault, domestic violence terrorizing and obstructing the report of a crime. Boggia, who remains held at Washington County Jail in Machias on $50,000 cash bail, was indicted Friday on all those charges and the conspiracy to commit murder charge.

Boggia is facing a felony charge of arson in Hancock County but has not been indicted on that charge. The Hancock County grand jury next meets in February.

Most of the charges filed against Boggia in Washington County are connected to alleged crimes that occured between February 2017 and January 2018, and involve a different woman who, at the time, lived in Columbia Falls, according to court documents.

He was arrested by Maine State Police in February after the Columbia Falls woman contacted police. She had “fled the state and was currently living in Florida to get away from Boggia,” police wrote in court documents.

Boggia has two prior court convictions in Ellsworth for domestic violence assault, according to court records. His criminal history also includes convictions for cultivating marijuana, assault, obstructing the report of a crime, illegal possession of a firearm and multiple counts of violating conditions of release.

For his most recent conviction, in April 2016, Boggia was sentenced to three years behind bars with all but seven months suspended and was ordered to serve two years of probation after he was released.

He was still on probation in February 2018 when police learned of the new allegations against him. Prior felony convictions prohibit Boggia from owning or possessing firearms, but police believe he kept at least one handgun during business hours at retail marijuana shops he operated in Machias and Calais, according to Foster.

In Hancock County, he is accused of setting fire in January 2013 to a woman’s house in Blue Hill, according to documents filed in Hancock County Unified Criminal Court. An overheated wood stove initially was thought to be the likely cause of the fire, which destroyed the home, according to news reports at the time.

Foster has said investigators recently obtained more evidence in the case but has declined to specify what the evidence is.

If Boggia is convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, arson or gross sexual assault, each of which is a Class A crime, he could face up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000 on each count.

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