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Denton Men Charged in Malicious Burning

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DENTON, MD- Deputy State Fire Marshals arrested two suspects today in connection with an intentionally set fire to personal property in Denton. 

James Hughes III, 18, and a 17-year-old boy, both of Denton, were charged with second-degree malicious burning, four counts of reckless endangerment, and malicious destruction of property under $1,000 for allegedly intentionally setting fire to Leonard Lau's clothing within close proximity to an occupied dwelling.

According to fire officials, firefighters from the Denton Volunteer Fire Company were dispatched to River Landing Road for a reported odor of gas around 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Firefighters reportedly discovered the fire damaged remnants of clothing located in the yard of the home and requested the Office of the State Fire Marshal. Investigators determined the suspects were responsible for intentionally setting fire to the clothing, officials said.

Hughes and the juvenile face a maximum of over 21 years in prison and/or $21,000.00 in fines if found guilty of all the charges.

Hughes was released on a $5,000.00 unsecured bond. The juvenile was referred to the Department of Juvenile Services and released to the custody of his guardian. 

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