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Two Charged in Plot to Burn W.Va. Lawmaker's House

Stephen Skinner

A Berkeley County man and his son face charges of plotting to burn a state lawmaker's house.

The Herald Mail of Hagerstown, Maryland, reports that 49-year-old Darryl Edmond Palmer of Inwood and 21-year-old Matthew Brian Palmer of Ranson are each charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree arson.

They are accused of conspiring to burn Delegate Stephen Skinner's home in retaliation for a lawsuit that the Jefferson County Democrat had filed against them over a consumer issue.

State police arrested the men on June 10.

A telephone listing for Darryl Palmer had been disconnected. A listing for Matthew Palmer in the Ranson area couldn't be found.

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