Man Sentenced for Setting Maryland Fire

September 8, 2008

Federal authorities say a Cockeysville man has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for setting a house fire for a homeowner who fell behind on his mortgage payments.

Thirty-two-year-old Scott Ensor pleaded guilty to an arson conspiracy charged for setting the fire Jan. 29 at a home in Owings Mills belonging to 41-year-old Keith McMahon. The U.S. Attorney’s office says Ensor admitted that McMahon offered him $10,000 to burn down the house so he could collect insurance benefits.

A Baltimore County firefighter was injured while battling the fire.

McMahon pleaded guilty to an arson charge in July. Under the plea agreement, he will face a sentence of seven years in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 10.

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