D.C. Man Sentenced To 25 Years For Arsons

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(AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice, File)

(AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A District of Columbia man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for setting a series of fires, including one that seriously injured several firefighters.

Maurice Dews, 27, pleaded guilty in November to charges of arson and assault. At a hearing Tuesday in D.C. Superior Court, Dews was sentenced to the prison time and received five years’ probation.

According to the terms of his plea agreement, Dews was to plead guilty to three other counts of arson in Prince George’s County. If approved by a judge, his sentence for those offenses would be served concurrently with Tuesday’s sentence.

On April 8, five D.C. firefighters were injured while battling a fire in the 800-block of 48th Place in Northeast Washington.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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