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Teen Pleads Guilty to Arson in Myersville House Fire

A Myersville teen entered an Alford plea of guilty this week to first-degree arson in connection to a large house fire that happened in December 2013.
Photo courtesy of: John Horwath
Photo courtesy of: John Horwath
FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. - A Myersville teen entered an Alford plea of guilty this week to first-degree arson in connection to a large house fire that happened in December. 

Court officials say Joshua Christian Moore, 18, faced multiple charges for starting a fire that broke out around 1 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick's residence at 10333 Clark Road in Myersville on December 30, 2013. 

As we've reported, when Frederick County Fire and Rescue units arrived on the scene they saw heavy smoke and fire coming from the home. Detectives with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office, as well as members with the Frederick County Fire Marshal's Office also responded to the area. 

After the large fire was extinguished, the Fire Marshal's Office conducted their investigation and determined the fire was intentionally set. 

Through the investigation detectives spoke with Jacob Bolton, a family member who was living at the house. Bolton immediately identified the person suspected of setting the fire as Joshua Moore. He told police about a purchase of marijuana he had made from Moore during the early morning hours of December 20, 2013. The transaction resulted in a dispute between the two. 

Bolton told police he had called Moore, informing him he was not going to pay him the balance owed on the marijuana and during the phone conversation Moore threatened to burn Bolton's mother's car. 

Detectives arrested Moore on the same day the crime was committed, following numerous statements from witnesses and other pieces of evidence. 

According to State's Attorney Charlie Smith of Frederick County, they're seeking a ten year prison sentence against Moore. He states there was substantial harm to the victims and their property, and someone could have been seriously injured or possibly killed. 

The State's Attorneys Office also says they're seeking 20 years of backup time, with a maximum of five years supervised probation. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 10, 2014 at 9 a.m. 



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