SALISBURY, Md. - Three men are facing over a year in prison for their role in a 2017 arson fire that happened at a food store, in Salisbury.
The Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal says on Tuesday, 39-year-old Mohammad Adeel, 42-year-old Timothy DeMent, and 37-year-old Mayank Kothari, all of Salisbury, have pleaded guilty to their roles in the June 2017 arson fire that happened at the Friendly Food Store, on North Salisbury Boulevard.
Officials say Adeel, DeMent, and Kothari pleaded guilty second degree arson. All three men were given a 15 year sentence all but 15 months suspended.
On June 16, 2017, Adeel, DeMent, and Kothari used flammable liquid to start a fire in multiple locations. Seventeen firefighters with the Salisbury Fire Department responded to the fire and put the fire out in 10 minutes. The fire apparently caused $600 in damages to the building which is a multi-use business center. The owner of the building, and victim, was identified as Sajjad Shah.
After their release, Adeel, DeMent, and Kothari will continue to serve three years of supervised probation.
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