Ex-Birmingham police officer sentenced in arsons


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A former Birmingham police officer has been sentenced to 100 years in prison on arson charges.

Curtis Thornton was convicted of four counts of arson in June, one count of attempted arson and a count of first degree criminal mischief.

Authorities say 28-year-old Thornton set fires to four buildings in Warrior and two in west Birmingham in May 2012.

During the trial, several witnesses said Thornton had joked about setting fires or that they had seen Thornton light small fires.

Deputy Jefferson County District Attorney John Geer called Thornton a serial arsonist and said he lit the fire while he was on duty and in uniform.

Thornton's grandmother tells AL.com (http://bit.ly/1c6z9s5 ) she has taken custody of his two sons.

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