After a two-day trial and several hours of deliberation, a jury found both Jeremy Marlar and Glen McGee, former Crofton volunteer firefighters, guilty on all charges in connection with an arson that occurred in August 2017.
Marlar was found guilty of complicity to second-degree arson and first-degree official misconduct, and the jury found McGee guilty to second-degree arson, official misconduct and third-degree burglary. Those verdicts come with 10 year prison sentences, with both becoming eligible for parole after serving 20 percent.
The jury found that they had knowingly plotted to burn down a building in Crofton, along with Dylan Hodge, who recently pled guilty to facilitation to arson, and after doing so, developed a cover story.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Maggie Gigandet says she was pleased to see justice served on behalf of the victims, who suffered thousands of dollars’ worth of damages and lost many personal items.
The jury heard from several family members asking for them to give the minimum sentence, which is 10 years for second-degree arson, and defense attorney Rick Boling told them to consider the family members of the defendants and the lack of criminal record.
Marlar and McGee had their bonds revoked following the trial and they were taken into custody. Final sentencing was set for December 19.
There remains one defendant in this case to still be tried, and that’s Dakota Oglesby, whose case was severed due to health complications with his attorney.