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2 more plead guilty in western Md. arson ring

HAGERSTOWN — Two women are pleading guilty to being involved in an arson ring blamed for 40 fires in western Maryland.

The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown reports that prosecutors want 20-year-old Olivia Hannah of Frederick and 20-year-old Sarah Mathews of Adamstown to spend their Christmas holiday from college in jail.

Hannah faces up to four years for conspiracy. Mathews faces up to 18 months for second-degree malicious burning.

They are among eight people charged in a series of fires in March that damaged several cars and dozens of garages, barns, outbuildings and hay bales.

The ring was allegedly led by 21-year-old Tyler Murray of Williamsport. He faces 83 counts at a trial is set for Nov. 4.

Four others also await trial.

Eighteen-year-old Colin Hess of Clear Spring pleaded guilty to conspiracy in August.

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