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Man guilty of conspiracy and 34 counts of arson

BALTIMORE (AP) — A man was found guilty Friday of masterminding Maryland's largest residential arson — a cluster of fires last December that caused $10 million in damage at a subdivision under construction.

Patrick Walsh, 21, was found guilty in federal court of conspiracy and all 34 arson counts for planning and helping set fires at the Hunters Brooke development in Indian Head. No one was hurt, but a family of five had to flee the flames, which destroyed 10 homes and severely damaged 16.

Each count carries a possible prison term of up to 20 years and a $250,000 fine. Judge Roger Titus set a Dec. 5 sentencing date.