Mount Airy man found guilty of arson, burglary

April 08, 1997|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A former professional firefighter from Montgomery County pleaded guilty yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court to five charges stemming from a drunken crime spree in November.

Troy D. Murdock, 23, of Mount Airy, entered Alford pleas to attempted arson of a Mount Airy barn, fourth-degree burglary of an Eldersburg pizza shop, unauthorized use of a Mount Airy resident's car, attempted first-degree arson of a Mount Airy apartment and a second-degree malicious burning of a Mount Airy resident's car.

Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold found Murdock guilty on all charges.

In making the Alford pleas, Murdock denied the statement of facts in each incident, but agreed that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him.

Murdock has contended that he was intoxicated and did not remember the incidents. Jerry F. Barnes, the county's state's attorney, said witnesses would have told the court that Murdock confessed to some of the charges after being arrested on Nov. 12.

According to the plea agreement, Murdock will be sentenced to five to seven years. All but a maximum of 18 months will be suspended. Arnold will recommend work release, place Murdock JTC on five years' probation, and order him to pay restitution, which will be specified at sentencing May 29.

Pub Date: 4/08/97

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