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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of Alabama
Sean P. Costello, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Birmingham Man Sentenced to 9 Years for Gulf Shores Arson

MOBILE, AL – United States District Judge Terry F. Moorer has sentenced Cameron Dashawn Ford, of Birmingham, Alabama, to 108 months’ imprisonment on federal arson charges.

According to court documents filed in connection with his guilty plea, in June of 2021, Ford started a fire in an act of revenge against his then-girlfriend at the Lighthouse Condominium complex in Gulf Shores, Alabama.  The condominium complex was occupied by guests at the time, and the act of arson was extremely dangerous to the community. As part of his guilty plea, Ford admitted that he had live-streamed himself setting the fire on social media.

“Thanks to the quick work of the Gulf Shores Fire Department, the damage from Ford’s crime was limited,” said United States Attorney Sean P. Costello. “Working with our partners at ATF, we will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute anyone who endangers our community in this manner.”

“The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives works collaboratively with our state, local and federal partners to investigate fires and crimes of arson. These violent acts needlessly jeopardize the safety and security of our community,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Mickey French. “We will always be persistent in our efforts to pursue those individuals who recklessly perform acts that exhibit lack of self-control and total disregard for human life.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Gulf Shores Fire Department investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kasee Heisterhagen prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.


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