The fires caused a total $337,000 in damages.
A man responsible for several fires in the Frederick area last year is going to prison. In Circuit Court on Tuesday, Jason Fauble, 35, who has no fixed address, was sentenced to 27 years in prison. In addition, he will be placed on five-years supervised probation when he gets out. Judge Ed Dwyer also entered judgments against Fauble for the damage to the homes he set on fire in the amount of $337,183.45.
Fauble was arrested in September, 2011, for setting fire to a travel trailer behind the Wal Mart store on Guilford Drive. Investigators were able to link Fauble to six other fires in Frederick between March and July of last year. They occurred on March 18th in the 1500 block of West 8th Street, the 500 block of Grant Place, 1300 block of Taney Avenue and the 500 block of Wilson Place. He's also charged with setting fires on July 24th in the 100 block of Young Place and the 1500 block of West 8th Street. Three people were injured in these fires, and one pet died.
In October, 2011, Fauble was indicted on six counts of 1st-degree arson, five counts of second-degree malicious buring, five counts of burning a trash container. and two counts each of second-degree malicious burning and second-degree arson. He entered an Alford Plea on two counts of 1st-degree arson on July 19th, 2012. The remainder of the charges were dropped. An Alford Plea is where a defendant doesn't admit guilt, but acknowledges the state has enough evidence for a conviction.
"It's a very substantial sentence, 27 years for the arson. Then again, you shouldn't be burning peoples' houses down, and killing their animals," says State's Attorney Charlie Smith.
He also says the residents whose homes were damaged had an opportunity to speak during sentencing on Tuesday. "They said they were very, very distraught by all of this. Of course, one of them lost an animal which made it much worse. And, of course, he could have killed somebody," says Smith.
Fauble was given a 50-year sentence by Judge Dwyer, but is required to serve 27 years of that, with 23 years suspended. If he violates the terms of his probation, Fauble could go back to prison to serve those 23 years.