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Second man pleads guilty to attempted murder for Elkridge house fire

A second Elkridge man has pleaded guilty to attempted murder for setting fire to a house with 11 people inside.

Edvin Giovanni Ceron-Reyes, 24, of the 6300 block of Forrest Avenue, pleaded guilty Tuesday, Dec. 20 to two counts of attempted first-degree murder, according to T. Wayne Kirwan, spokesman for the Howard County State's Attorney's Office.

Last month, Santiago Adolpho Gonzalez-Miner, 44, of the same address, pleaded guilty to the same charges. Prosecutors are seeking a 20-year prison sentence for both. Ceron-Reyes' sentencing hearing is scheduled for Jan. 19. Gonzalez-Miner's hearing is scheduled for Jan. 31.

Investigators believe Gonzalez-Miner had recently had an altercation with his wife — the couple was going through a divorce — and her male acquaintance, both of whom lived in a house in the 6300 block of Loudon Avenue.

That house, with Gonzalez-Miner's wife, her acquaintance and nine others inside, was set ablaze on Feb. 18. Firefighters arrived to find heavy flames and smoke. Everyone who was inside made it out alive, although one woman was critically injured.

The fire caused an estimated $306,000 in damages: $302,000 to two homes and $4,000 to a vehicle.

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