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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A judge in Frederick has sentenced a man to 27 years in prison for setting a string of residential fires last year.

The Frederick News-Post reports Jason Fauble, 35, was sentenced Tuesday. The court suspended another 23 years.

Fauble was convicted July 19 of two counts of first-degree arson after entering an Alford plea to the charges. In an Alford plea, a defendant doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges the state could convict him at trial.

Prosecutors dropped arson charges stemming from five other fires.

The fires injured three people and caused more than $377,000 worth of damage. Most were set in recycling bins and trash containers near homes. One was set at a travel trailer in a Wal-Mart parking lot and another was in an apartment building hallway.

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


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