Three Caroline men sentenced in arson case
Pleaded guilty to starting fire with Molotov cocktails
DENTON — The three Caroline County men, who were charged with starting a Denton fire in April 2018 with a Molotov cocktails, have pleaded guilty and been sentenced in the case, according to the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal.
Brandon L. Bradley, 20, of Ridgely pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment and attempted malicious destruction of property more than $1,000.
According to the Caroline County State’s Attorney’s Office, Bradley was sentenced to five years for reckless endangerment and three years for attempted malicious destruction of property. The sentences will be served concurrently.
Michael H. Walker, 20, of Ridgely pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree arson and was sentenced to 14 years, with all but four years
Bradley and Walker were on probation at the time of the incident; therefore, both men had violated their probation by committing these crimes, according to the Caroline County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Edward Lynch, 20, of Greensboro pleaded guilty to attempted malicious destruction of property less than $1,000. He was sentenced suspended. to 60 days in jail, and the court suspended all but two days. He also is on unsupervised probation for 12 months.
According to the Office of the State Fire Marshal, fire investigators were requested to respond to 213 S. 6th St. in Denton by the Denton Volunteer Fire Company on April 11. Investigators discovered two incendiar y devices, commonly referred to as Molotov cocktails, near a detached shed in the backyard of the residence.
Fire officials said the devices had failed to function as designed and had self-extinguished before the fire department’s arrival and before they could cause any damage. During the investigation, it was learned that the two Molotov cocktails had been thrown from a vehicle toward the shed that was only 50 feet from the occupied house.
According to fire officials, investigators developed Walker, Lynch and Bradley as persons of interest, and later applied for and received arrest warrants for all three men.
BRANDON L. BRADLEY
MICHAEL H. WALKER
EDWARD D. LYNCH