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  • #31
    WASHINGTON (AP) - As the second anniversary of the start of the
    serial arsons approaches, investigators on Tuesday upped the ante
    to find the suspect. They nearly tripled the reward - from $35,000
    to $100,000 - for information that leads to the arrest and
    conviction of the person behind more than 40 fires.
    The arsons began March 8, 2003, in the District of Columbia.
    Since then, there have also been cases in Prince George's and
    Montgomery counties in Maryland, and Fairfax County and the City of
    Alexandria in Virginia. The most recent was Dec. 10 in Northeast
    Washington.
    Forty-five fires and one attempted arson are linked to the
    suspect. A Northeast Washington fire on June 5, 2003 - one of two
    that day - killed an elderly woman.
    According to the Arson Task Force, the extra reward money came
    from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which
    gave $60,000, and the Montgomery County Department of Fire and
    Rescue Services, which added $5,000.


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    • #32
      WASHINGTON (AP) - Here is the list of 48 cases being
      investigated by the Arson Task Force. There have been 24 fires and
      1 attempted arson in the District of Columbia, 17 fires in Prince
      George's County, Md., 2 fires in Montgomery County, Md., 1 fire in
      Alexandria, Va., and 3 fires in Fairfax County, Va.

      District of Columbia:

      March 8, 2003: 1705 D St., SE
      March 25, 2003: 2030 Jasper Street, SE
      April 28, 2003: 3708 4th Street, SE
      May 15, 2003: 4026 Southern Avenue, SE
      May 16, 2003: 2928 10th Street, NE
      May 17, 2003: 3367 Alden Place, NE
      May 20, 2003: 1737 Trinidad Avenue, NE
      May 22, 2003: 105 53rd Street, NE
      June 5, 2003: 2800 Evarts Street, NE -- killed Lou Edna Jones,
      86
      June 5, 2003: 1415 Ames Place, NE
      June 9,2003: 2500 N Street, SE
      June 10, 2003: 5038 Drake Place, SE
      June 25, 2003: 4920 North Capitol Street, NW
      June 25, 2003: 1901 15th Street, NW
      June 30, 2003: 2505 Randolph Street, NE
      July 2, 2003: 316 17th Street, SE
      Sep. 8, 2003: 202 Quakenbos Street, NW
      Sep. 10, 2003: 4713 Dix Street, NE
      Sep. 14, 2003: 4115 Anacostia Ave., NE -- attempted arson,
      suspect chased before fire could be started
      Oct. 8, 2003: 1315 Otis St., NE
      Nov. 11, 2003: 1700 block of 24th St., NE
      Sep. 8, 2004: 2800 block of Channing St., NE -- car fire
      Sep. 20, 2004: 2804 30th St., NE
      Dec. 6, 2004: 5055 11th Street, NE
      Dec. 10, 2004: 3000 block of Yost Pl., NE

      Prince George's County, Md.:

      April 1, 2003: 1500 block of Mystic Avenue, Oxon Hill
      April 8, 2003: 1813 Jarvis Avenue, Oxon Hill
      May 10, 2003: 1505 Fenwood Avenue, Oxon Hill
      June 13, 2003: 3808 Ellis Street, Boulevard Heights
      June 17, 2003: 924 Abel Avenue, Capitol Heights
      June 17, 2003: 5800 Jefferson Heights Drive, Fairmount Heights
      June 19, 2003: 2619 Southern Avenue, Capitol Heights
      June 20, 2003: 1315 Chapel Oaks Drive, Chapel Oaks
      June 21, 2003: 2406 Wintergreen Avenue, District Heights
      June 22, 2003: 1505 Ruston Avenue, District Heights
      Sep. 4, 2003: 5101 Barnaby Run Drive, Oxon Hill
      Dec. 20, 2003: 5702 83rd Place, New Carrollton
      Jan. 22, 2004: 3418 55th Avenue, Bladensburg
      Apr. 16, 2004: 2401 Rosecroft Village Circle East, Oxon Hill
      June 15, 2004: 4200 block of Russell Avenue, Mount Rainier
      Sept. 17, 2004: 6302 49th Avenue, Riverdale Park
      Dec. 7, 2004: 4205 53rd Avenue, Bladensburg

      Montgomery County, Md.:

      Feb. 14, 2004: 7700 block of Blair Road, Silver Spring
      Sep. 23, 2004: 10817 Amherst Ave., Wheaton

      Alexandria, Va.:

      Nov. 16, 2003: 4410 West Braddock Road

      Fairfax County, Va.:

      Feb. 6, 2004: 7101 Richmond Highway (Alexandria section of
      county)
      May 13, 2004: 3403 Beachcraft Drive (Alexandria section of
      county)
      Aug. 30, 2004: 4012 Elmwood Drive (Huntington section of county)

      Source: Arson Task Force


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      • #33
        WASHINGTON (AP) - At 5:42 tomorrow morning, it will be exactly
        two years since the serial arsonist first struck.
        He remains on the loose.
        The first fire was set early on March 8th, 2003. The target was
        a home at 1705 'D' Street, in Southeast Washington. Since then, the
        arsonist has branched out -- starting fires in three quadrants of
        the District, plus Prince George's, Montgomery and Fairfax
        counties, as well as the City of Alexandria.
        The list has been amended several times, but the Arson Task
        Force puts the current total at 48 cases. One of them -- a June
        2003 blaze in Northeast D-C -- killed 86-year-old Lou Edna Jones.
        Hoping that money would talk, the task force earlier this month
        nearly tripled the reward to 100-thousand dollars. There's also a
        sketch of a possible suspect that's been circulated since February
        of last year. But still, the arsonist remains on the loose.

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        • #34
          April 5, 2005

          WASHINGTON (AP) - The Arson Task Force was called to investigate
          whether a house fire was the work of the D-C region's serial
          arsonist.
          The home in suburban Takoma Park, Maryland, was gutted, but no
          one was hurt in yesterday's fire. Damage was estimated at
          400-thousand dollars.
          Authorities feared the fire might have been started by a serial
          arsonist who has struck at least 48 times in Washington and several
          suburbs since March 8th, 2003. The last fire linked to the arsonist
          occurred December 10th of last year in northeast Washington.
          Authorities say the fire is believed to have started on or under
          the front porch, where combustibles such as gasoline were stored.
          The fire's origin is similar to other cases attributed to the
          arsonist. But authorities say the arsonist generally strikes in the
          pre-dawn hours, and yesterday's fire started just before 7:30 a-m.
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          • #35
            Quick question...

            Have they looked at the Hunter's Brook peopple for any of the DC arsons?
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            • #36
              I have seen no mention of that. While geographically possible....I still think it would be a stretch for these individuals to be involved in the DC arsons....but not impossible. I would also assume that the Task Force has interviewed them, or looked at investigators findings for similarities.
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              • #37
                GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - The man suspected of being the Washington
                area's serial arsonist will be back in court Friday for a detention
                hearing.
                Fifty-year-old Thomas Sweatt made his initial appearance in
                Greenbelt federal court after his arrest yesterday.
                He wore tinted eyeglasses and a blue dress shirt, and his
                graying hair appeared somewhat disheveled. He spoke quietly,
                answering "yes" when the judge asked if he understood the
                charges.
                Sweatt is charged with offenses relating to two fires in
                Maryland and three in the District. The charges include arson and
                illegal possession of a destructive device.
                In charging documents, prosecutors say Sweatt set the fires
                using a device consisting of a one gallon jug, a plastic bag and
                gasoline. He allegedly lit a cloth he attached to it.

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                • #38
                  Here is the list of 48 cases being investigated by the Arson
                  Task Force. There have been 24 fires and 1 attempted arson in the
                  District of Columbia, 17 fires in Prince George's County, Md., 2
                  fires in Montgomery County, Md., 1 fire in Alexandria, Va., and 3
                  fires in Fairfax County, Va.

                  District of Columbia:

                  March 8, 2003: 1705 D St., SE
                  March 25, 2003: 2030 Jasper Street, SE
                  April 28, 2003: 3708 4th Street, SE
                  May 15, 2003: 4026 Southern Avenue, SE
                  May 16, 2003: 2928 10th Street, NE
                  May 17, 2003: 3367 Alden Place, NE
                  May 20, 2003: 1737 Trinidad Avenue, NE
                  May 22, 2003: 105 53rd Street, NE
                  June 5, 2003: 2800 Evarts Street, NE -- killed Lou Edna Jones,
                  86
                  June 5, 2003: 1415 Ames Place, NE
                  June 9,2003: 2500 N Street, SE
                  June 10, 2003: 5038 Drake Place, SE
                  June 25, 2003: 4920 North Capitol Street, NW
                  June 25, 2003: 1901 15th Street, NW
                  June 30, 2003: 2505 Randolph Street, NE
                  July 2, 2003: 316 17th Street, SE
                  Sep. 8, 2003: 202 Quakenbos Street, NW
                  Sep. 10, 2003: 4713 Dix Street, NE
                  Sep. 14, 2003: 4115 Anacostia Ave., NE -- attempted arson,
                  suspect chased before fire could be started
                  Oct. 8, 2003: 1315 Otis St., NE
                  Nov. 11, 2003: 1700 block of 24th St., NE
                  Sep. 8, 2004: 2800 block of Channing St., NE -- car fire
                  Sep. 20, 2004: 2804 30th St., NE
                  Dec. 6, 2004: 5055 11th Street, NE
                  Dec. 10, 2004: 3000 block of Yost Pl., NE

                  Prince George's County, Md.:

                  April 1, 2003: 1500 block of Mystic Avenue, Oxon Hill
                  April 8, 2003: 1813 Jarvis Avenue, Oxon Hill
                  May 10, 2003: 1505 Fenwood Avenue, Oxon Hill
                  June 13, 2003: 3808 Ellis Street, Boulevard Heights
                  June 17, 2003: 924 Abel Avenue, Capitol Heights
                  June 17, 2003: 5800 Jefferson Heights Drive, Fairmount Heights
                  June 19, 2003: 2619 Southern Avenue, Capitol Heights
                  June 20, 2003: 1315 Chapel Oaks Drive, Chapel Oaks
                  June 21, 2003: 2406 Wintergreen Avenue, District Heights
                  June 22, 2003: 1505 Ruston Avenue, District Heights
                  Sep. 4, 2003: 5101 Barnaby Run Drive, Oxon Hill
                  Dec. 20, 2003: 5702 83rd Place, New Carrollton
                  Jan. 22, 2004: 3418 55th Avenue, Bladensburg
                  Apr. 16, 2004: 2401 Rosecroft Village Circle East, Oxon Hill
                  June 15, 2004: 4200 block of Russell Avenue, Mount Rainier
                  Sept. 17, 2004: 6302 49th Avenue, Riverdale Park
                  Dec. 7, 2004: 4205 53rd Avenue, Bladensburg

                  Montgomery County, Md.:

                  Feb. 14, 2004: 7700 block of Blair Road, Silver Spring
                  Sep. 23, 2004: 10817 Amherst Ave., Wheaton

                  Alexandria, Va.:

                  Nov. 16, 2003: 4410 West Braddock Road

                  Fairfax County, Va.:

                  Feb. 6, 2004: 7101 Richmond Highway (Alexandria section of
                  county)
                  May 13, 2004: 3403 Beachcraft Drive (Alexandria section of
                  county)
                  Aug. 30, 2004: 4012 Elmwood Drive (Huntington section of county)

                  Source: Arson Task Force


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                  • #39
                    By DERRILL HOLLY
                    Associated Press Writers
                    WASHINGTON (AP) - DNA evidence led to the arrest Wednesday of a
                    serial arson suspect wanted in connection with more than 40 fires
                    that have occurred since March 8, 2003.
                    Thomas Sweatt, 50, a fast food store manager from the District
                    of Columbia, faces multiple charges in connection with arsons that
                    have occurred in the district, suburban Maryland and northern
                    Virginia.
                    "This guy posed a huge threat to everyone's safety in our
                    region," said Chief Charles H. Ramsey of the D.C. Metropolitan
                    Police Department.
                    The break in the investigation came last week after DNA samples
                    extracted from a pair of U.S. Marine Corps issue dress-blue slacks
                    was analyzed at the Montgomery County, Md., crime lab.
                    "Those pants had DNA that matched DNA we found at other
                    fires," said Theresa Stoop, special agent in charge of the
                    Baltimore Field Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
                    and Explosives. The pants were found at the scene of an Arlington
                    County, Va., fire that occurred Dec. 5, 2004, and was never added
                    to the public list of fires under investigation by the arson task
                    force.
                    It is unclear how Sweatt obtained the military-issue pants, and
                    authorities said there was no immediate indication he served in the
                    armed forces. But investigators contacted the Naval Criminal
                    Investigation Service and were informed that NCIS had investigated
                    a string of vehicle arsons in early 2003. Although Sweatt was never
                    charged in those cases, he was considered a suspect, Stoop said.
                    "This threat is over, this nightmare has ended," said Stoop,
                    who announced that Sweatt had been taken into custody in Prince
                    George's County, Md.
                    Sweatt was questioned by investigators for several hours
                    Wednesday, and had reportedly confessed to at least one fire.
                    Investigators did not expect to make any additional arrests in the
                    case.
                    Sweatt is charged with six federal counts in Maryland and five
                    in D.C. At his initial court appearance late Wednesday afternoon in
                    Greenbelt, Md., federal court, Sweatt spoke quietly, answering
                    "yes" when the judge asked if he understood the charges. A
                    detention hearing is set for Friday morning.
                    The arrest came as a relief for both residents and officials
                    worried when the elusive arsonist would strike again.
                    "All of us were victims of the serial arsonist as all of us
                    remained on edge not knowing where this person would strike next,"
                    said D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams. The fires were linked to the
                    probe by common evidence: gasoline used as an accelerant,
                    one-gallon plastic containers found at the scenes, plastic bags and
                    cloth material used as wicks.
                    "We were out of our home and in a hotel for eight months,"
                    said Markos Kebede, whose New Carrollton, Md., home was damaged in
                    a fire that occurred on Dec. 20, 2003. Fear lingered even after
                    their home was repaired.
                    "We were afraid. That's why we got the alarm system," Kebede
                    said.
                    Sweatt has not been charged with murder in the June 5, 2003,
                    fire that killed Lou Edna Jones, 86. of Northeast Washington, but
                    Ramsey said those charges are pending.
                    Co-workers at the KFC-Pizza Hut store where Sweatt works were
                    also questioned by investigators.
                    "It's just shocking to me. He was real soft spoken. He was a
                    fatherly, shy type figure," said Joseph Hunter, 34, a KFC cook who
                    has worked there two months. The store was closed Wednesday.
                    "While we have had no reason to suspect any wrongdoing, we are
                    fully cooperating with the authorities in this investigation," KFC
                    spokeswoman Bonnie Warschauer said in a statement from the
                    company's Louisville, Ky., headquarters.
                    Investigators also searched portions of an apartment building
                    Sweatt owned with his sister in Southeast Washington. The two have
                    lived in separate apartments in the four-unit building for at least
                    15 years. Sweatt was often seen sweeping sidewalks and picking up
                    litter along Lebaum Street.
                    "He would start at the front of the block and clean all the way
                    past his building, just to make the neighborhood a better place,"
                    said Jose Muse, 31, who owns the building next to Sweatt's.
                    "He and his sister are good people, when you see them all
                    they're doing is fixing up buildings, cleaning up and doing good
                    things for the community," said Antwan Drayton, who lives across
                    the street.
                    ---
                    Associated Press Writers Lisa Goddard and Marty Niland
                    contributed to this report.


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                    • #40
                      By BRIAN WESTLEY
                      Associated Press Writer
                      GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - The man who investigators believe is
                      responsible for dozens of arsons in the Washington area is addicted
                      to setting fires and would strike again if given the chance,
                      prosecutors said Friday.
                      Thomas A. Sweatt, 50, appeared in U.S. District Court in
                      Greenbelt for a detention hearing, where a judge ordered him held
                      without bond until trial, saying he posed a clear danger to the
                      community.
                      "He enjoys it, your honor," Assistant U.S. Attorney Mythili
                      Raman said. "There is no doubt in the government's mind that if he
                      was released, he would continue to set these fires."
                      In urging U.S. Magistrate Judge William Connelly to keep Sweatt
                      in custody, Raman noted that the fires were repeatedly set despite
                      intense media coverage, a $100,000 reward and a sketch of the
                      suspect.
                      Prosecutors also told the judge that Sweatt, when questioned by
                      investigators this week, implicated himself in more than 30 fires.
                      They said he even made a New Year's resolution in a failed attempt
                      to stop.
                      So far, Sweatt, who lives in Southeast Washington, faces 11
                      federal charges in connection with four fires and an attempted
                      arson in Maryland and the district. It is not clear where he will
                      stand trial first.
                      He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.
                      The two-year string of arsons began in March 2003, with many of
                      the fires set on porches by lighting a plastic jug filled with
                      gasoline and cloth material used as a wick.
                      One of the fires, set on June 5, 2003, killed 86-year-old Lou
                      Edna Jones, who lived in Northeast Washington. No charges have been
                      filed in that case.
                      Authorities have said they linked Sweatt to the fires after
                      collecting DNA from items found at several of the crime scenes,
                      including Marine Corps dress pants from a fire set in Arlington,
                      Va.
                      Prosecutors said Friday that Sweatt knew he was putting people
                      in danger. In February 2004, they said, a fire was set in the
                      stairwell of an apartment building in Silver Spring, trapping
                      residents who had to be rescued by firefighters.
                      "This is a man who acted deliberately, who acted knowingly,"
                      Raman said.
                      Sweatt's defense attorney, John C. Chamble, argued that he was
                      in an unfair position to refute the prosecution's claims because he
                      has not been able to review what Sweatt told investigators during
                      questioning.
                      "Show me the beef, show me something," he said.
                      Chamble, chief of the Greenbelt office of the Federal Public
                      Defender in Maryland, also sought to portray his client as a solid
                      citizen.
                      He said Sweatt, the manager of a fast-food restaurant, was
                      well-regarded by his employees and had no history of drug abuse.
                      Chamble urged the judge to allow Sweatt to remain out of jail with
                      pretrial supervision.
                      Sweatt, wearing a blue shirt and black pants, did not speak
                      during the hearing.
                      Outside the court, Darlene Lloyd, whose mother, Lou Edna Jones,
                      died in one of the fires, said she frequently visited the KFC/Pizza
                      Hut restaurant where Sweatt worked.
                      "He probably waited on me and then turns around and takes my
                      mother's life," she said.
                      Outside Jones's home Friday evening, family, friends and fire
                      officials gathered for a candlelight vigil. Together, they prayed,
                      sang and remembered the woman nicknamed "Mama Lou."
                      As someone played solemn music on a trumpet, about 60 people
                      held candles and stood around a memorial on a chain link fence
                      surrounding the still-charred home. Photos of Jones decorated the
                      memorial, which was lined with teddy bears and balloons reading,
                      "Happy Mother's Day." A neighbor had planted dozens of tulip
                      bulbs, which were just blooming.
                      Another of Jones's daughters, Carolyn Jones, 54, expressed joy
                      that police had caught the man they believe is responsible for her
                      mother's death.
                      "I am thrilled that finally, after almost two years, he's been
                      caught and he's about to get his just dues," she said.
                      -----
                      Associated Press Writer Theresa Dickie Branscome contributed to
                      this report from Washington.


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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by NJFFSA16
                        Here is the list of 48 cases being investigated by the Arson
                        Task Force. There have been 24 fires and 1 attempted arson in the
                        District of Columbia, 17 fires in Prince George's County, Md., 2
                        fires in Montgomery County, Md., 1 fire in Alexandria, Va., and 3
                        fires in Fairfax County, Va.

                        District of Columbia:

                        March 8, 2003: 1705 D St., SE
                        March 25, 2003: 2030 Jasper Street, SE
                        April 28, 2003: 3708 4th Street, SE
                        May 15, 2003: 4026 Southern Avenue, SE
                        May 16, 2003: 2928 10th Street, NE
                        May 17, 2003: 3367 Alden Place, NE
                        May 20, 2003: 1737 Trinidad Avenue, NE
                        May 22, 2003: 105 53rd Street, NE
                        June 5, 2003: 2800 Evarts Street, NE -- killed Lou Edna Jones,
                        86
                        June 5, 2003: 1415 Ames Place, NE
                        June 9,2003: 2500 N Street, SE
                        June 10, 2003: 5038 Drake Place, SE
                        June 25, 2003: 4920 North Capitol Street, NW
                        June 25, 2003: 1901 15th Street, NW
                        June 30, 2003: 2505 Randolph Street, NE
                        July 2, 2003: 316 17th Street, SE
                        Sep. 8, 2003: 202 Quakenbos Street, NW
                        Sep. 10, 2003: 4713 Dix Street, NE
                        Sep. 14, 2003: 4115 Anacostia Ave., NE -- attempted arson,
                        suspect chased before fire could be started
                        Oct. 8, 2003: 1315 Otis St., NE
                        Nov. 11, 2003: 1700 block of 24th St., NE
                        Sep. 8, 2004: 2800 block of Channing St., NE -- car fire
                        Sep. 20, 2004: 2804 30th St., NE
                        Dec. 6, 2004: 5055 11th Street, NE
                        Dec. 10, 2004: 3000 block of Yost Pl., NE

                        Prince George's County, Md.:

                        April 1, 2003: 1500 block of Mystic Avenue, Oxon Hill
                        April 8, 2003: 1813 Jarvis Avenue, Oxon Hill
                        May 10, 2003: 1505 Fenwood Avenue, Oxon Hill
                        June 13, 2003: 3808 Ellis Street, Boulevard Heights
                        June 17, 2003: 924 Abel Avenue, Capitol Heights
                        June 17, 2003: 5800 Jefferson Heights Drive, Fairmount Heights
                        June 19, 2003: 2619 Southern Avenue, Capitol Heights
                        June 20, 2003: 1315 Chapel Oaks Drive, Chapel Oaks
                        June 21, 2003: 2406 Wintergreen Avenue, District Heights
                        June 22, 2003: 1505 Ruston Avenue, District Heights
                        Sep. 4, 2003: 5101 Barnaby Run Drive, Oxon Hill
                        Dec. 20, 2003: 5702 83rd Place, New Carrollton
                        Jan. 22, 2004: 3418 55th Avenue, Bladensburg
                        Apr. 16, 2004: 2401 Rosecroft Village Circle East, Oxon Hill
                        June 15, 2004: 4200 block of Russell Avenue, Mount Rainier
                        Sept. 17, 2004: 6302 49th Avenue, Riverdale Park
                        Dec. 7, 2004: 4205 53rd Avenue, Bladensburg

                        Montgomery County, Md.:

                        Feb. 14, 2004: 7700 block of Blair Road, Silver Spring
                        Sep. 23, 2004: 10817 Amherst Ave., Wheaton

                        Alexandria, Va.:

                        Nov. 16, 2003: 4410 West Braddock Road

                        Fairfax County, Va.:

                        Feb. 6, 2004: 7101 Richmond Highway (Alexandria section of
                        county)
                        May 13, 2004: 3403 Beachcraft Drive (Alexandria section of
                        county)
                        Aug. 30, 2004: 4012 Elmwood Drive (Huntington section of county)

                        Source: Arson Task Force


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                        How about the Arlington County cases? Didn't one of those provide the key link? The S. Queen St. fire I think?
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                        • #42
                          Re: Arlington County--Don't know if that was the case.

                          Serial arson suspect expected to plead guilty

                          WASHINGTON (AP) - The man suspected of setting fires to dozens
                          of houses and apartments in the Washington area is expected to
                          plead guilty to federal charges.
                          The Washington Post reports Thomas Sweatt is due to appear in
                          U-S District Court in Greenbelt on Monday. Prosecutors have charged
                          him with arson and other felonies.
                          The charging document was made public this week at the request
                          of prosecutors. Prosecutors said that since the guilty plea hearing
                          has now been scheduled, there's no longer a need to keep the
                          criminal information sealed.
                          The 50-year-old Sweatt has been jailed since his April 26th
                          arrest. He also faces possible charges in the District and
                          Virginia. His attorney hasn't commented.


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                          • #43
                            Serial arson suspect pleads guilty in seven cases

                            GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - The suspect in nearly 50 arsons in the
                            Washington area pleaded guilty Monday to murder and other federal
                            charges.
                            Thomas Sweatt, 50, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to
                            first-degree murder in the death of Lou Edna Jones, 86, who died of
                            smoke inhalation from a fire in her Washington home in June 2003.
                            Sweatt also pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges in the
                            death of Annie Brown, 91. She died of smoke inhalation a few days
                            after Sweatt set fire to her next-door neighbor's Washington home
                            Feb. 5, 2002.
                            The fire that killed Brown was separate from the list of 45
                            fires that Sweatt admitted setting between March 2003 and December
                            2004.
                            Under a plea agreement, prosecutors in Montgomery and Prince
                            George's counties in Maryland, Arlington and Fairfax counties in
                            Virginia and the City of Alexandria, Va., agreed not to bring
                            charges against Sweatt for several other arsons.
                            Sweatt faces a minimum mandatory life sentence when he returns
                            to U.S. District Court on Sept. 12. He could also get an extra 300
                            years in prison for 15 charges stemming from the seven fires
                            prosecutors chose to charge him with. There is no parole in the
                            federal system.
                            Sweatt, a fast food eatery manager from Washington, has been in
                            custody since his arrest in April. Authorities have said they
                            linked Sweatt to the fires after collecting DNA from items found at
                            four crime scenes, including Marine Corps dress pants found at a
                            fire in Arlington, Va.

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                              D.C. region's serial arsonist gets life sentence

                              By HEATHER GREENFIELD
                              Associated Press Writer
                              GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - As victims of serial arsonist Thomas
                              Sweatt spoke at his sentencing Monday, they said they don't
                              understand what led him to set random fires that terrorized the
                              Washington area for two years.
                              "I would love to just find out exactly why he did this," said
                              Jean Kyler, whose 94-year-old mother still cannot return to her
                              fire-damaged home.
                              Sweatt, 50, admitted setting 45 arson fires in the Washington
                              area. Investigators know how he did it - using jugs of gasoline and
                              wicks made from clothing. But the reason why went unanswered as a
                              federal judge sentenced him to life in prison plus 136 years
                              Monday.
                              "To the victims and the victims' families, I'm very sorry for
                              all the harm I've caused you. To those who have lost loved ones, I
                              share your hurt every day," Sweatt said.
                              He was dressed in a dark gray suit and appeared almost timid as
                              he leaned into the microphone to speak.
                              The former fast food restaurant manager admitted that between
                              February 2003 and December 2004 he set 45 fires in Washington and
                              its Maryland and Virginia suburbs. Under a plea deal, local
                              prosecutors agreed not to charge Sweatt with other arsons.
                              Sweatt also pleaded guilty to two murder charges. He took
                              responsibility for the June 2003 death of Lou Edna Jones, 86, in
                              her Washington home, and the death of Annie Brown, 91, who died of
                              smoke inhalation a few days after Sweatt set fire to her next door
                              neighbor's Washington home in February 2002.
                              Sweatt, in custody since his arrest in April, showed no emotion
                              during the victims' statements or the sentencing, but earlier had
                              said he welcomed the sentence.
                              U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Kenneth L. Wainstein
                              called the sentence "a fitting punishment and a fitting conclusion
                              to this case."
                              But Jones' daughter, Darlene Lloyd, said the death penalty would
                              have been in order: "Why spare his life? He didn't think of
                              sparing my mother's life."
                              Defense lawyer John Chamble said his client suffers from a
                              mental illness.
                              Judge Deborah K. Chasanow said she realized Sweatt has mental
                              health issues, but they could not excuse what he did and how he
                              "terrorized" the community.

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