Manatee County, FL - The Department of Justice announces Monday the indictment of 3 Suncoast men with Arson. The state is charging Jodarin Marquis Whitfield (27, Sarasota), Herbert Adelphus Pinckney (39, Avon Park), and Rashica Shaguana Ford (39, Sarasota) with conspiracy and arson. If convicted, each faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.
According to the indictment, on March 11, 2015, Whitfield, Pinckney, and Ford set fire to a home in Bradenton. At the time of the arson, three adults and five children lived the home.
This case was jointly investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the State Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations, the Bradenton Police Department, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Carlton C. Gammons.