Teens Plead Guilty in South County Firebombing Case

Christopher Lester and Crystal Kalinowski previously faced first-degree attempted murder charges before agreeing to testify against Alexander Lare.

Two of the three teens accused of firebombing a home in Galesville pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment on Friday before a Circuit Court judge in Annapolis, according to The Capital.

Christopher Lester, 18, of Deale and Crystal Kalinowski, 19, of Cape St. Claire, agreed to testify against a third teen, Alexander Lare, 18, of Churchton. The two will receive no additional jail time if they “testify truthfully” at Lare’s trial on Oct. 25, The Capital reported.

Back in June, Patch reported that fire investigators charged Lester, Kalinowski and Lare with attempted first- and second-degree murder, claiming they the trio attempted to destroy a Galesville home with Molotov cocktails.

Fire investigators said the teens arrived at a home on the 900 block of Galesville Road at about 1:30 a.m. on June 1, hoping to “exact revenge on the residents” inside. Fire officials said firebombing was retaliation following a dispute earlier in the evening.

“[The suspects] tried to use [Molotov cocktails], they threw them against the house,” said Anne Arundel County Fire Department Chief Michael Cox in June interview. “There was a small fire, but the fire had self-extinguished and the resident of the home heard some noises.”

Following the incident, the trio was charged with five counts of attempted first- and second-degree murder, attempted first- and second-degree arson, five counts of first- and second-degree assault, along with several other charges.

Lester and Kalinowski are scheduled to testify against Lare in his juvenile court trial on Oct. 25, according to The Capital. Lare is being tried as a minor because he was 17 at the time of his arrest. 

Jane Morgan October 03, 2012 at 10:05 PM
so snitch and u get off.
Steve S. October 04, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Happens all the time. It's called "the real world." Regarding that ghetto concept of snitching, let me ask you a question. If I'm standing at a bus stop and your daughter or sister happens to be there too, and some clown (who coincidentally I know who they are, where they live, where they work and what they drive) comes by and shoots your daughter/sister in the face and leaves her there for dead, you'd appreciate it if I told you or someone who did it, wouldn't you? Same thing if I saw that same person steal your Lexus or your small child from your shopping cart. Get over your ghetto beliefs. If all the ass clowns facing legal issues had simply made better choices, they wouldn't need to worry about things like police officers, judges or snitches.
Ray October 04, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Your comparing apples to oranges! The two juveniles committed a crime and were charged. They decided to testify against the third person who also committed the crime and for doing so they are getting off. In your scenarios you are a witness to a crime and doing the right thing by coming forth and supplying information to help solve a crime. Your not testifying against someone to get a reduced sentence like those two juveniles are doing... Make sense???
Brian October 04, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Steve your analogy is not correct. In the case of this story, the "snitches" were actually involved in the crime. To relate it to your analogy of the bus stop, you would had to have been an accessory to the shooting, instead of a witness.
Steve S. October 04, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Incorrect. In any scenario where communication from one person implicates another person, the communicator is considered a snitch and the person who's subsequently brought to justice feels that they're the "victim" of the snitching. In the bus stop scenario, if the shooting victim had a beef with her assailant's entire family, neighborhood or gang and several people considered her shooting justified, the whole bunch of them would consider me a snitch if I assisted in bringing the shooter to justice. Exact same concept with the Lexus and the shopping cart.
Steve S. October 04, 2012 at 02:45 PM
'Rico wouldn't be ion lockdown if that dood at the bus stop hadn't snitched. Rico shoulda capped his snitch-ass too.'
Brian October 04, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Still doesn't relate to this story. We understand that snitches come in all forms, but once again, the guy at the bus stop was just a witness.
Steve S. October 04, 2012 at 03:33 PM
The "snitch" subject is/was about the "snitch" concept as a whole. It's part of a ghetto, thug mentality.harbored by individuals who feel that people who choose to do the wrong thing should get away with it and would have if some snitch hadn't gotten themself involved. Thank goodness, there are also individuals who believe in doing the right thing and in turn, never have to worry about being snitched on in any way, shape or form. Thank goodness there are millions of individuals who make the daily choice to not engage in criminal behavior.
weslie Haneke October 04, 2012 at 07:04 PM
I was set on fire by my ex wife Enough evidence to get a restraining order Not enough to convict. spent time at Washington Burn Center over 50 percent of my body. even with drugs it still hurt!!! Fire is the worst thing you could do to a human Or any living thing for that matter, they need to be punished to the full extent of the law I don't care how old they are!
Steve S. October 04, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Amen, Weslie! And if it takes a whole squadron of "snitches" to make that happen, sign 'em up! ...by whatever means necessary...
Edgewater Dog October 12, 2012 at 05:27 PM
I wonder what the difference is between a snitch and a rat, or narc, or informant, or 50 cent, or tattle, or snake, or tattle tale, or informer, or liar...
Jane Morgan October 16, 2012 at 01:45 PM
not the same, you aren't involved in committing a crime and "snitching: to get out of it. U would be doing your civic duty.
Jane Morgan October 16, 2012 at 01:48 PM
none at all a snitch is a snitch call it what u want. Truth is a detective told me they couldn't solve 99% of their cases without them. Whats that say about their abilities????
tom December 07, 2012 at 11:01 PM
seems like we are missing a point. It's good that they "snitched", but sad that they'll get off easy because of it. Let's not forget their crime was attempted murder.


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