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Md. man to be sentenced for setting home on fire after divorce

David Coley. (Photo: PGPD)

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WJLA) – A Maryland man is scheduled to be sentenced Friday for setting fire to his home and shooting at sheriff's deputies following a 2014 divorce.

David Coley, of Glenn Dale, Maryland, was found guilty of first degree arson, two counts of first degree assault and two counts of use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence back in March.

Police said sheriff’s deputies were enforcing an eviction notice on Coley on May 1 at his home that he shared with his wife before they were divorced. The home was supposed to be sold in the divorce. When officers attempted to get Coley out of the home, he told police he had a gun and refused to leave.

The incident escalated into a barricade situation. Police said officers had to take cover after Coley fired several shots from inside his home. Smoke soon became visible from an upstairs bedroom.

Police were able to apprehend Coley minutes later when he exited the home.

Coley faces up to 60 years in prison.

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