Mar 23, 11:20 AM EDT

Man who lived as hermit for 27 years in woods finishes special court program, begins probation

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- A man who lived as a hermit in the Maine woods for nearly three decades before being arrested on theft and burglary charges has finished a special court program.

Christopher Knight stole food, clothing and camping gear from homes while living as the North Pond Hermit for 27 years. He was arrested in April 2013.

He pleaded guilty to 13 counts of burglary and theft and served about seven months in jail before entering the court program in October 2013.

Knight attended a hearing Monday in Kennebec County Superior Court and will begin three years' probation.

Attorney Walt McKee says Knight has been working for his brother in exchange for room and board. He says Knight is participating in a vocational rehabilitation program to develop skills for a regular job.

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