Matthew J. Pungitore Guilty Plea
Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe announced today that Matthew J. Pungitore (DOB: 07/11/1986) was sentenced in Barnstable Superior Court after pleading guilty to four counts of Arson, four counts of Unarmed Burglary and one count of Injury to a Firefighter.
Judge Robert J. Rufo sentenced Pungitore to eight years to eight years and one day committed in State Prison on the Arson charges. With regard to the Unarmed Burglary and Injury to a Firefighter charges, Judge Rufo placed Pungitore on ten years probation from and after the committed portion of his sentence.
The charges stem from an incident that occurred during the early morning hours of April 20, 2013, in Hyannis, Massachusetts. On April 20, 2013, at approximately 4:20 AM, the Hyannis Fire Department responded to a house fire at 45 Pilgrim Lane. As firefighters were suppressing the fire at 45 Pilgrim Lane, the firefighters discovered three other house fires at 33 Pilgrim Lane, 27 Pilgrim Lane and 135 Baxter Road. All four fires were suppressed. All four dwellings were vacant at the time of the fires. All four dwellings sustained significant damage. A firefighter was injured during the suppression of the fire at 33 Pilgrim Lane. A subsequent investigation confirmed that all four fires were set from within the dwellings. Two fingerprints were secured from inside 27 Pilgrim Lane. The two fingerprints were matched to the left ring finger and left middle finger of Pungitore.
The case was investigated by the Barnstable Police Department, the Hyannis Fire Department, the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Department and the Massachusetts State Police.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Edward F.X. Lynch.