(CAROLINE COUNTY, Md.) - Two Caroline County men have been sentenced in a Caroline County court for intentionally setting a house on fire in June last year.
According to the State Fire Marshal's Office, the fire happened just before 10:30 p.m. at 23290 Ninetown Road in Ridgely. The blaze took 43 firefighters from the Ridgely and surrounding fire departments to extinguish. The unoccupied house was owned by Joseph Murray of Ridgely.
Jeremiah Durham, 19, pleaded guilty in November to second-degree Arson and was sentenced to 10 years of detention with all but 6 months suspended. In addition, Durham must pay 50 percent of $16,600 in restitution to Murray and was placed on 5 years of supervised probation.
Dustin O'Neal, 19, also pleaded guilty to second-degree Arson and has been sentenced to 10 years of detention with all but 12 months suspended. He will serve his 12 months locally. O'Neal will pay the other 50 percent of the $16,600 in restitution to Murray and will also be placed on 5 years of supervised probation.
Durham and O'Neal were originally taken into custody by Deputy State Fire Marshals on June 29, 2016.