Man sentenced to 5 years in prison for setting fire to liquor store during Baltimore unrest

Posted at 1:32 PM, Aug 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-03 13:32:27-04

A Baltimore man has been sentenced to five years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for property destruction that happened after he set fire to a liquor store, officials said.

Darius Raymond Stewart, 22, set three fires inside the store around 8:30 p.m. on April 27, 2015, according to his plea agreement. 

"Surveillance footage clearly captured Stewart starting the fires and then going out to the street to get paper and cardboard to feed the fires he had set," officials said in a statement. 

When Baltimore City Fire officials responded to the fire, they found an unconscious person in the basement of the liquor store. The victim was hospitalized for five days, officials said, because of smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning. 

U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis also ordered Stewart to pay a restitution of over $300,000, the approximate cost to repair and restore the building.

Federal prosecutors have previously charged four others for arson crimes during the unrest last April. 

  • Trevon Green, 23, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty to the arson of a Baltimore food market and participating in the looting of the liquor store set on fire by Stewart. Sentencing scheduled for Aug. 24.
  • Gregory Lee, 22, of Baltimore pleaded guilty to obstructing firefighters. Sentencing scheduled for Sept. 20.
  • Donta Betts, 20, of Baltimore, was sentenced to 15 years for "making a destructive device" and for discharging a firearm in an unrelated drug trafficking crime.
  • Raymon Carter, 25, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty to the arson of the CVS Pharmacy and was sentenced to four years in prison and $500,000 in restitution.

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