Judge denies new trial in Birmingham arson case

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A judge in Birmingham has denied a request for a new trial by a former police officer sentenced in connection with a string of arson fires.

AL.com reports (http://bit.ly/14xPuAa ) Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Clyde Jones made the ruling during a hearing Friday.

Former Birmingham police officer Curtis Thornton was sentenced in July to 100 years in prison after being found guilty of several charges in connection with four fires in Warrior and two fires in Birmingham in 2012.

In arguing for a new trial, attorney Kellie Tubb said Thornton's sentence was disproportionate to the crime because he was a first time offender with no prior record and nobody was harmed.

A second Birmingham police officer has been charged in the case and is set for trial in October.

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Information from: The Birmingham News, http://www.al.com/birminghamnews



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