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Hagerstown man pleads guilty to second-degree malicious burning

November 25, 2008

A Hagerstown man accused of setting his girlfriend's clothes on fire in July pleaded guilty Tuesday in Washington County District Court to second-degree malicious burning.

Kenneth Allen Platt Jr., 20, of 159 S. Potomac St., Apt. 5, was sentenced to 18 months of probation and fined $200, court records show. The judge also sentenced him to 18 months in the Washington County Detention Center, but suspended all but the 48 days Platt served before he was released on bond Sept. 6, according to court records.

Prosecutors dropped the other charges against Platt in the incident, including first-degree arson, malicious destruction of property and possession of a concealed dangerous weapon, court records show.

The charges stemmed from an incident on July 21, when fire marshals alleged that, in retaliation for a previous domestic matter, Platt removed his girlfriend's clothing from their West Washington Street apartment and set it on fire behind the building, according to Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Jason Mowbray. Investigators found a loaded shotgun in Platt's vehicle, Mowbray said.

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As terms of his probation, Platt forfeits the shotgun, cannot have abusive contact with the victim, must abstain from drugs and alcohol, and submit to testing, court records show.

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