Inmate Charged with Destruction of Fire Sprinkler Head at Chas. Co. Jail

CHARLES COUNTY, Md. (January 19, 2011) – Deputy State Fire Marshals have charged a 27-year-old inmate at the Charles County Detention Center with destruction of a fire sprinkler head and false activation of the fire alarm system. The summons was served today at the detention center.

Investigators and corrections officers determined an inmate, James Benjamin Bryant, had damaged the fire sprinkler head which caused localized flooding of his cell and activation of the fire alarm system. The activation of the fire alarm system and subsequent clean-up caused a lock down of the facility and approximately three hundred dollars in damages.

Bryant is charged with causing a False Alarm and Malicious Destruction of Property. If convicted of these charges Bryant could face penalties not to exceed five years and two months additional imprisonment and/or $5,500 in fines.

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