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Bel Air man pleads guilty to setting off fire alarm at movie

A Bel Air man, who was accused of pulling a fire alarm at the Regal Cinemas in Abingdon last spring after he became upset about the closed captions in "The Avengers" movie, pleaded guilty to the charge Dec. 14 and served three days in jail, according to court records.

David Keith Walters, 34, of the 100 block of Royal Oaks Drive, pleaded guilty in Harford County Circuit Court to a misdemeanor false alarm charge, according to Maryland electronic court records.

The plea was given on the day Walters was to have a scheduling conference after he requested a jury trial in November.

According to the court records, Walters was sentenced to one year in jail, with all but three days suspended, to be served "on one weekend at the Harford County Detention Center, beginning 12/19/12 at 7 p.m."

Walters was also placed on two years probation and required to serve 75 hours of community service, according to the records.

On May 14, Walters "became disruptive and argued with the theater manager after discovering 'The Avengers' movie he was watching was a 'closed caption' film," according to a notice of investigation issued after the incident by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. "Management offered a refund or future tickets, which he refused and returned to the theater."

"Once the movie ended, Walters became belligerent and argumentative with management once again and at that point Walters intentionally pulled the fire alarm in the lobby and left the premises," the notice continued.

The Fire Marshal's Office cited Walters for pulling the alarm and charged him through a criminal summons.

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