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Second man sentenced for burning of car for insurance

La Plata, MD - The second of two men charged for intentionally setting fire to a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta in the early morning hours of May 4, 2014 in the area of Adams Willett Road and Hancock Run Road in Nanjemoy was sentenced by Charles County Circuit Court Judge Helen I. Harrington Wednesday, May 13.

The fire was determined to incendiary in nature and completely destroyed the car valued at nearly $9,000.

The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office arrested Edward L. Sigmon, 35 of Upper Marlboro, and Patrick L. Kreamer, 36 of Waldorf, after obtaining a grand jury Indictment.

The two men were taken into custody at the Charles County Sheriff’s Office in Waldorf Sept. 22, 2014.

Sigmon received a suspended sentence handed down by Harrington April 23.

“Your honor, my client did not know Mr. Sigmon was going to burn his car,” Defense Attorney Robert Harvey told the court. “Mr. Sigmon thought he was going to dig himself out of a hole by burning his car. Mr. Kreamer had known Mr. Sigmon for 20 years. He let his loyalty to a friend get between him and good judgement. Ultimately, he did realize it was wrong and had an interview with the fire marshal and did cooperate with the state.”

Harvey said his client’s work status as a painter has been affected by the case, saying he was not allowed to work on military bases or government buildings until it was resolved.

“He’s never been in any trouble, your honor,” Harvey stated.

Harrington sentenced Kreamer to five years, suspending the entire sentence, and placing the defendant on three years of unsupervised probation.

“You don’t have to report to parole and probation,” Harrington told him, “you just have to stay out of trouble.”

The judge told Harvey that she would not rule out granting Probation Before Judgement in the case. Harvey said he would file a motion requesting that.

In the meantime, she told Kreamer, “Be careful about the company you keep. Don’t let loyalty take you down the path that would get you into trouble.”

Contact Joseph Norris at joe.norris@thebaynet.com

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