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Defendants in North Carolina arson case plead guilty

32-year-old Charles Anthony Pittman and 32-year-old Andrew Salvarani Garcia-Smith took part in...
32-year-old Charles Anthony Pittman and 32-year-old Andrew Salvarani Garcia-Smith took part in the burning of Fayetteville’s Market House, which is a National Historic Landmark.(MGN)
Published: Nov. 6, 2020 at 8:13 AM EST
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Justice says two men have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a fire at a historic landmark in North Carolina.

A news release on Thursday says 32-year-old Charles Anthony Pittman and 32-year-old Andrew Salvarani Garcia-Smith took part in the burning of Fayetteville’s Market House, which is a National Historic Landmark.

Court documents cited in the news release said Pittman carried a gasoline container to the second story of the Market House and waived it to the crowd before pouring gasoline onto the floor inside.

A social media post showed showed Garcia-Smith picking up a bottle filled with flammable liquids and throwing it into the Market House.

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