Elijah Kareem Shahid, a former Washington D.C. police lieutenant, received a 30 year prison sentence on Tuesday for first-degree arson after he set multiple fires at his townhouse in the summer of 2013. Prince George’s County Circuit Court Judge Graydon McKee III decided to suspend 20 years of the original sentence, meaning Shahid, 41, will only spend 10 years in federal prison.
Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor, upon hearing of the sentence, commended his Fire Investigators by saying, “I am proud of the hard work and dedication our personnel from the Department’s Office of the Fire Marshal demonstrated in this incident with an arrest, conviction and sentencing. I also want to thank the States Attorney’s Office for working with our Fire Investigators in bringing this case to a successful conclusion and lengthy sentence for this heinous crime of Arson.”
Shahid was arrested on July 5, 2013 after setting multiple fires at his home in the 16300 block of Pewter lane using ignitable liquid. Police arrived on the scene that morning after getting calls about a domestic dispute and a fire at the house. The end townhouse unit suffered an estimated $10,000 worth of damages as a result of the arson.
Shahid had been held at the County Corrections Center since his arrest.