Maryland Man Charged with Arranging to Have House Burned

June 16, 2008

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says an Owings Mills, Maryland man who was behind on his mortgage payments arranged for someone to burn his house on Caves Road. A firefighter was injured fighting the January blaze.

Forty-one-year-old Keith T. McMahon has detention hearing on Wednesday. He was charged Tuesday with arson.

According to the criminal complaint, McMahon, who had an office in his home, was having financial difficulties and arranged for someone to set fire to the house in exchange for $10,000. On Jan. 28, the house burned and a firefighter was hurt when he fell through the floor to the basement.

McMahon could be sentenced to a minimum of seven years in prison, to a maximum of 40 years.

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