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Francis Smith, 56, from Norridgewock was found crushed underneath a manure spreader on Thursday. He was pronounced dead at the scene

Francis Smith, 56, from Norridgewock was found crushed underneath a manure spreader on Thursday. He was pronounced dead at the scene

A farmer from Maine who had served time in jail for a kidnapping in 2012 was killed in an accident involving a piece of farm equipment.

Francis Smith, 56, from Norridgewock was found crushed underneath a manure spreader on Thursday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

'It appears that Mr. Smith was working to repair the equipment when the front tongue jack, which appears to have not been properly pinned in place, rotated and caused the spreader to fall on Mr. Smith,' Chief Deputy James Ross, of the Somerset County Sheriff's Office, said.

Ross said investigators did not know when the accident happened.

Smith's family had not been able to get a hold of him since Monday, Ross said. 

Ross confirmed that Smith was the same man who pleaded guilty to kidnapping, criminal threatening, terrorizing and assault charges for taking a hostage at a paper mill in March 2012.

Smith was sentenced to 12 years in prison but was released after six. He was currently serving six years

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