17 years behind bars was the sentence for 26-year-old Casey Fury, after having pleaded guilty to arson by setting a fire aboard the U.S. Navy nuclear submarine USS Miami. As O’Ryan Johnson reports for the Boston Herald, the fire caused significant damage to the sub – $450 million worth – and put it out of commission indefinitely.
You might find Fury’s reason for setting the fire somewhat surprising. Apparently, Fury did it because he wanted to go home early from work.
Fury was a civilian painter from New Hampshire at work on the sub while it was dry docked in a shipyard. Johnson reports that Fury spoke in court, saying that he did not mean to disrespect the U.S. Navy, and did not mean for anyone to get hurt (firefighters had a tough time battling the fire and several were injured).
In Maryland, arson is generally a felony crime, and is often characterized as a violent crime, with lengthy time behind bars if you’re convicted. If you cause enough damage, like Fury did, the case will almost always be charged as a felony. Maryland also has the “malicious burning” charge, which is less serious than arson, but it only takes $1,000 or more in damage to get charged with a first-degree felony.