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2 plead guilty in Molotov cocktail attack in Chester Harbor community

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Two men have entered guilty pleas in a case involving a Molotov cocktail attack on an Eastern Shore home.

The incident happened Oct. 14, 2020, when an ignited gas-filled Snapple bottle was thrown at a home in the Chester Harbor community of northern Queen Anne’s County while a family was asleep inside, according to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

As the incident unfolded, the home’s occupants heard the outdoor commotion and saw the glow of the fire, prompting them to call 911 and then escape the house unharmed.

One of the suspects, 37-year-old Mardell Adkins, dropped his cellphone at the scene and the photo set as the screensaver helped connect Adkins to the investigation.

The fire marshal’s office said Adkins admitted to driving 43-year-old Edward C. Gaines III of New Castle to Queen Anne’s County and watching Gaines throw the Molotov cocktail at the home, which was where Gaines’ ex-girlfriend lived.

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service

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