Two men sentenced for June 2016 Ridgely arson

CAROLINE COUNTY, Md. - The Office of the State Fire Marshal announced Wednesday that two Caroline County men have been sentenced for setting a Ridgely house on fire last June.

Jeremiah Durham, 19, was sentenced to 10 years behind bars with all but 6 months of his sentence suspended. He will need to pay half of a $16,600 restitution to the homeowner and will also have 5 years of supervised probation.

Dustin O'Neal, also 19, was sentenced to 10 years in detention with all but one year suspended. O'Neal is required to pay the other half of the restitution cost to the homeowner and will similarly be on supervised probation for 5 years.

Fire marshals say the arson happened on the night of June 14, 2016 when the two set fire to a home in the 23,000 block of Ninetown Road. Officials say 43 firefighters from Ridgely and surrounding fire departments were called in to fight the blaze. Deputy State Fire Marshals arrested Durham and O'Neal on June 29th, officials said.

Both men plead guilty to second degree arson.

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