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Posted at 3:53 PM ET, 06/22/2010

Guilty plea for firefighter who set fire

By Washington Post editors

A volunteer firefighter in Riverdale has pleaded guilty to setting a a building on fire in 2008.

Forty-six-year-old Jerome Engle of Bowie pleaded guilty to second-degree arson. The state's attorney will seek $200,000 in restitution at a sentencing hearing on July 1.

Engle was a longtime member of the Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department. He and fellow firefighter James Martinez of Damascus were indicted in November in a fire set at a building in Riverdale.

Martinez's trial is set for July 22.

Prince George's County Fire Chief Eugene Jones called the crime a heinous act.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | June 22, 2010; 3:53 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  firefighter, riverdale  
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