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2nd guilty plea in Md. firefighter arson

Ruben Castaneda

The second of two former volunteer firefighters in Prince George's County who were charged with arson has pleaded guilty, authorities said.

James R. Martinez, 25, pleaded guilty Monday in Circuit Court in Upper Marlboro to second-degree conspiracy to commit arson, said Ramon Korionoff, a spokesman for Prince George's State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey. The crime, a felony, carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, Korionoff said.

Martinez is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 3.

In September, Martinez's co-defendant, Jerome Engle, 47, was sentenced to one year in jail, Korionoff said. He received credit for 303 days already served.

Engle and Martinez admitted their roles in intentionally setting a fire on March 17, 2008, inside a vacant home in Riverdale.

The went into the house, set fire to a sofa using a signal flare and returned minutes later to help put out the blaze, authorities said.

This item has been updated since it was first published.

-- Ruben Castaneda

By Ruben Castaneda  | October 26, 2010; 3:40 PM ET
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Pr. George's, Ruben Castaneda, Updates  | Tags:  Prince George's crime, Riverdale, arson  
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