Arson conviction for Md. man who burned ex-girlfriend’s house

BALTIMORE — A man has been convicted of setting his ex-girlfriend’s Baltimore house on fire while she and three others slept inside.

A jury found 56-year-old Randall Martin Jr. guilty of arson and nine other charges on Wednesday. He faces a maximum of nearly 70 years in prison at sentencing Jan. 7.

Prosecutors say Martin and the ex-girlfriend had recently ended a six-year relationship. Authorities say on June 29, 2010, Martin doused the front porch of the woman’s row house in Baltimore with gasoline and set it ablaze.

The woman, her young son and two other women escaped. A family pet died in the fire, which destroyed the row house and heavily damaged the house next door.

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