Three Caro­line men sen­tenced in ar­son case

Pleaded guilty to start­ing fire with Molo­tov cock­tails

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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

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