Court Sentences Sterling Man to Life in Prison in Arson Case

Julian Darius KarapetkovIn Loudoun County Circuit Court on Monday, July 8, 2024, Julian Karapetkov was sentenced for his involvement in the September 2022 arson of a home on Wittingham Circle in Sterling.

The incident occurred just after 4:00 a.m. on September 4, 2022, when fire and rescue units from Loudoun and Fairfax Counties responded to reports of a fire. They arrived to find two vehicles ablaze in the driveway of a Wittingham Circle home, with flames showing from the front of the residence.

Firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the fire and search for additional hazards. Two occupants had evacuated upon hearing loud explosions from the vehicle fire and were safely outside. First responders were not injured. The damages to the vehicles and home were estimated at $200,000.

During the initial fire origin and cause investigation, the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Fire Marshal’s Office (LCFR-FMO) found evidence indicating that an accelerant had been used to intentionally set the vehicles and the house on fire. The LCFR-FMO conducted a comprehensive investigation, utilizing accelerant canine resources, victim interviews, and forensic analysis to obtain arrest and search warrants, which were served on Mr. Karapetkov.

Mr. Karapetkov was sentenced to life in prison for burning an occupied dwelling, with all but 10 years of this sentence suspended. Additional restrictions have been put in place to prevent Mr. Karapetkov from ever contacting the victims again, or he will be ordered to serve the balance of the life sentence. He was additionally sentenced to 10 years for burning personal property greater than $1,000.

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