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Psych. hospital for Md. gas attacker

An Adamstown man is being committed to a state psychiatric hospital after a Frederick County judge found him guilty but not criminally responsible for dousing an acquaintance with gasoline and setting him on fire.

Twenty-seven-year-old Joshua Mashburn entered an Alford plea Thursday to attempted first-degree murder.

In an Alford plea, a defendant doesn't admit guilt but acknowledges that prosecutors have enough evidence for a conviction.

Mashburn was charged in December in the attack, which left the 48-year-old victim with burns on over half his body.

Mashburn was caught in Arkansas after the attack.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 17, 2010; 4:21 PM ET
Categories:  Frederick , From the Courthouse  
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