Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Wicomico County Arsonist Sentenced


WICOMICO COUNTY, MD (January 4, 2017) Deputy State Fire Marshals have concluded two separate arson investigations with the conviction and sentencing of Kevin Leonard Scott Bethard (24) of Fruitland.

Bethard was originally charged on April 17, 2016 with: (2) counts 1st Degree Arson, (2) counts 2nd Degree Arson, (2) counts 2nd degree Malicious Burning, (2) counts 3rd Degree burglary, (2) counts Home Invasion, (1) count Attempted 1st Degree murder, (1) count Attempted 2nd Degree Murder, and (1) count Animal Cruelty.

The first arson fire occurred at approximately 3:20 a.m. on March 25, 2016 at an occupied home located in the 28000 Block of White Pond Drive in Salisbury.  Investigators determined Bethard entered the home and set multiple fires inside the dwelling.  The occupant was awakened by working smoke alarms and escaped the home without injury.  Nearly 30 firefighters responded to the scene and quickly brought the fire under control.  Damage to the home and contents was estimated at $250,000.  A pet cat died as result of the fire.

The second arson fire occurred at approximately 5:10 a.m. on March 25, 2016 at a 14' x 70' wood framed mobile home located in the 7000 Block of Madeline Circle in Parsonsburg.  The investigation revealed Bethard also entered this unoccupied residence and set a fire inside the dwelling.  Nearly 20 firefighters quickly contained the blaze and limited the damage to the structure and contents to $13,000.

Bethard entered a guilty plea for Attempted 1st Degree Murder and two counts of 1st Degree Arson. He has been sentenced in Wicomico County Circuit Court to life in prison with all but 10 years suspended on the Attempted 1st Degree Murder charge and 5 years consecutive for each of the 1st Degree Arson charges, having a total sentence to serve of 20 years.


Anonymous said...

He looks like a dullard..need to keep this jacka** on a leash..he will do it again.

Anonymous said...

This reminds me. What has become of the weird chemical death in car and house?

Jonathan Taylor said...

send me a private message

Anonymous said...

JT, tell us all about the chemical car, we all want to know!

Anonymous said...

Yes please what the hell was that chemical?