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By: Mark E. Brady, Chief PIO PGFD

Upper Marlboro, MD- Jessica Poole was arrested for setting fire to an Upper Marlboro building on August 2, 2018. She plead guilty to one count of Arson (1st Degree) and one count of Arson (2nd Degree). Poole was sentenced today to (20) years, of which all but 18 months were suspended by the judge. As a part of the plea deal, the remaining charges were “nolle prossed.”

Poole will also be placed on five years of supervised probation, and is ordered to undergo alcohol and drug treatment programs as well as an anger management program.

Personnel from the Office of the Fire Marshal received “Another job well done for their diligent work in bringing this case to an arrest and conviction,” said County Fire Chief Benjamin M. Barksdale. “This sentencing is the second in the past two weeks for arson, and I commend everyone involved. Arson is a serious crime, and we will work day and night to find whoever is responsible as well as work with our States Attorney’s Office to prosecute offenders to the fullest extent of the law.”

Read the original story here: Former employee charged in arson that destroyed business, apartments

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...