Glen Burnie, MD -- A 26 year old California man pleaded guilty to arson after taking a selfie at a fire he started.
The night of the fire, Justin Michael Clum, 26, was drinking with his girlfriend on a pier when she mentioned a past sexual relationship with a man. He drove to where the man lived, which was a room rented from a family, and set the porch on fire. The man wasn't home, but the family who owns the home was. Their smoke alarms alerted them to the fire and they escaped.
Clum pleaded guilty to 25 counts assoiciated with the crime. Four months later, he was sentenced to 55 years in prison for attempted first-degree murder, first degree arson, and first degree assault.
"Mr. Clum's intentional and reckless actions in his attempt to kill one intended victim, almost killed another man, woman, and child as they slept. said Wes Adams, Ann Arundel County State's Attorney. "His actions also put 23 of our first responders in harm's way as they battled this blaze in the middle of the night."
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