WILLIAMSPORT, Md. (AP) — A county circuit court in Maryland sentenced a veteran who burned his parents’ house down to 18 months in jail and recommended participation in an alternative program to incarceration.

The Herald Mail reports 58-year-old David Edward Carr pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree arson in Washington County Circuit Court. He was given a five-year prison sentence with all but 18 months suspended, and will be released from jail if he’s accepted into the county’s day-reporting program.

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Carr’s lawyer says he “snapped” and set fire to the Williamsport home on Oct. 18 from a combination of alcohol abuse and separating from his wife.

No one was hurt in the blaze.

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The military retiree’s family says it was out of character and the judge says that support factored into the decision.

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