2 finishing federal time in Ala. church arsons

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CENTREVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Two former Birmingham college students who admitted starting fires at nine churches in 2006 are wrapping up their federal prison sentences and about to start their state prison sentences.

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons records show 27-year-old Matthew Cloyd will finish his federal sentence March 22. He has been transferred to a community corrections center in Montgomery in anticipation of going to a state prison. The bureau reports 26-year-old Benjamin Moseley will end his sentence May 21. He remains in federal prison in California.

State prosecutor Michael Jackson says the two face two-year sentences in Alabama. Jackson says he objected to Cloyd being transferred to a low-security facility before going to state prison.

A third student who pleaded guilty to participating in five fires, Russell Debusk, is out of prison.




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