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Five Convicted of Destroying 10 New Homes in Hunters Brooke

Roy T. McCann, 23, of Waldorf, pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy to commit arson in connection with the December 2004 multi-house arson at the Hunters Brooke subdivision near Indian Head.

McCann also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute Ecstasy, announced U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod Rosenstein.

McCann conspired with four others to commit arson at 25 houses under construction in the Hunter’s Brooke development in Charles County. Ten homes were reportedly destroyed and another 15 damaged.

Also convicted in this case was Patrick Walsh of Ft. Washington, Jeremy Parady of Accokeek, Aaron Speed and Michael Everhart, both of Waldorf.

 
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According to the statement of facts provided to the court as part of the plea agreement, the conspirators on the evening of Dec. 5, 2004, prepared for the arson and, in the early morning hours of Dec. 6, traveled to Hunter’s Brooke to execute the plan.

To carry out the scheme, the conspirators poured flammable materials into containers and placed the containers within and 25 houses. To conceal the flammable materials, the conspirators used common containers such as drywall buckets, detergent bottles and other large plastic containers. The conspirators poured other accelerants in the entranceways and other areas of the houses.

Using flares, matches and propane torches, the conspirators lit the flammable materials, causing a series of fires which destroyed or damaged several houses in various stages of construction.

The area is predominately affluent African-Americas, and all 5 defendants were white, but the case was not pursued as a hate crime.

None of the houses were occupied at the time of the fires. The approximate amount of loss exceeded $10 million.

Court records also state between January and December 2004, McCann also conspired with Patrick Walsh and others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute at least 250 tablets of methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), commonly known as “Ecstasy.” Each tablet contained 250 mg of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine.

Parady, Speed and Everhart pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit arson. Parady and Speed were sentenced to 87 months and 100 months in prison, respectively. Everhart is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 8, 2006.

Walsh was convicted in September 2005 of conspiracy to commit arson and 35 counts of arson, and was sentenced to 235 months in prison.

U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus ordered that each defendant pay restitution of $3,274,538.42.
McCann faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 5 years and a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the arson charge and 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine for conspiracy to distribute Ecstasy.

McCann remains detained pending sentencing, which Judge Titus has scheduled for Nov. 8, 2006.
“I am pleased the cooperative efforts among the investigating agencies and prosecutors have resulted in the successful conclusion of these court proceedings. It is my sincere hope the convictions will give the victims of this c

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