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Salisbury Man Pleads Guilty to Setting His Car on Fire

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SALISBURY, Md.- A Salisbury man on Wednesday pleaded guilty to intentionally setting his car on fire in Fruitland last December. 

Johnny Pierre, 36, appeared in WIcomico County Circuit Court where he accepted a plea agreement and pleaded guilty to malicious burning-fraud. He received a sentence of five years with all time suspended except for 60 days and two years of supervised probation. Pierre must also pay a fine of $1,000 to comply with the plea agreement, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office, which investigated the case. 

Deputy state fir marshals determined Pierre was responsible for intentionally setting fire to his 2008 Nissan Rouge along South Fruitland Boulevard in Fruitland on Dec. 27. The Fruitland Volunteer Fire Department responded to the one alarm blaze and got the fire under control within five minutes after arrival.

The investigation into the origin and cause of the fire revealed the fire was intentionally ignited inside the engine compartment, authorities said. The subsequent investigation led deputy state fire marshals to the owner of the car, who was identified as Pierre.

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