Bensalem Christmas Firebomber Sent to State Prison for up to 11 Years
A Bensalem man who firebombed a home on Christmas morning in 2018 will serve up to 11 years in state prison.
Andrew Bailey, 20, pleaded guilty earlier this week to counts of arson, aggravated assault, conspiracy, witness intimidation and recklessly endangerement, admitting he threw a flaming jar containing a cloth and gasoline into the Bristol Pike residence.
Bailey also admitted to simple assault, strangulation and harassment stemming from an incident a month prior at his apartment when he choked and struck a young girl, the same victim targeted in the firebombing.
Judge Brian T. McGuffin accepted Bailey’s plea and sentenced him to the negotiated prison term of five to 11 years in a state correctional facility.
As part of his plea, attempted murder charges were dropped.
According to a criminal complaint filed in the case, the female victim’s father told police he awoke around 2 a.m. Dec. 25, 2018, to the sound of breaking glass. He then proceeded downstairs where he found the front window broken, the house filling with smoke and a hammer and an incendiary device – the jar filled with gasoline – on the living room floor. The father picked up the firebomb and hurried it out to the street where he saw two men fleeing. He recognized one of the males as the now convicted fire bomber.
Subsequently, a neighbor who came out side when he heard loud noises in the street helped extinguish the fire.
Bailey was arrested the next day, and though he has pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges, his co-conspirator has not been identified.
The case was investigated by the Bensalem Township Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Ashley C. Towhey.