Owings Mills Man Sentenced to 7 Years in Federal Prison for Arson Fire at His Residence

Firefighter Injured While Fighting the Blaze

October 24, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Keith T. McMahon, age 41, of Owings Mills, Maryland today to seven years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for arson in connection with the January 29, 2008 burning of his home located on Caves Road in Owings Mills, Maryland announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Bennett also ordered that McMahon pay $696,341.05 in restitution and to forfeit $100,000.

According to his guilty plea, on January 14, 2008 McMahon offered an individual $10,000 to burn down his home. On January 29, 2008, the individual met McMahon at his house and set the house on fire. The Baltimore County Fire Department responded to the fire and a firefighter was injured when he fell through the floor of the house while trying to put out the fire. McMahon then filed an insurance claim for the damage to his house and property.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Baltimore County Police and Fire Departments for their investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein also commended Assistant United States Attorney Harry M. Gruber, who prosecuted the case.



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