Bowie resident sentenced to 30 years in prison for arson -- Gazette.Net


A Bowie man was sentenced to 30 years in prison — with 20 of those years suspended — after he set multiples fires in his home in 2013, which caused about $10,000 in damages.

Elijah Kareem Shahid, 41, was taken into custody on July 5. 2013 after Prince George’s County Fire/EMS officials responded to a burning home at the 16300 block of Pewter Lane in Bowie, said Mark Brady, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS spokesman.

Shahid allegedly lit multiple fires in the home using an ignitable liquid, Brady said. Police were on scene of the fire as they believed the incident was connected to a domestic dispute, Brady said.

Shahid was sentenced to the 30 years in prison for first degree arson, but 20 of those years were suspended by the judge, meaning he will only spend 10 years in prison, Brady said.

He also will serve 10 years concurrently for the arson threat with his prison time followed by five years supervised probation, Brady said.

Raouf Abdullah, who represented Shahid, did not return requests for comment by press time.

“I am proud of the hard work and dedication our personnel from the Department’s Office of the Fire Marshal demonstrated in this incident with an arrest, conviction and sentencing,” Fire/EMS chief Marc Bashoor in a statement. “I also want to thank the States Attorney’s Office for working with our Fire Investigators in bringing this case to a successful conclusion and lengthy sentence for this heinous crime of Arson.”