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Former Birmingham officer Curtis Thornton sentenced for arson

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

A judge has sentenced former Birmingham police officer Curtis Thornton to 100 years in prison for committing arson.

Thornton was convicted of six felonies in June: four counts of second degree arson, one count of attempted arson and one count of first degree criminal mischief.

Prosecutors said he set four fires in Warrior, where he was living after losing his home in the April 27, 2011 tornado, and that he also set two fires in the west Birmingham community of Ensley in May 2012.

During his arson trial, the state presented several witnesses who testified that Thornton joked about setting fires or saw him light small fires.

The state asked for the maximum for each charge for a total of 100 years to run consecutively.

The prosecutor said Thornton is in complete denial on all cases. He said since his conviction, Thornton has blamed everyone else.

The prosecution played a tape in court on Thursday in which Thornton was recorded in a jail phone conversation on July 15. Thornton is heard saying, "I'll tell everyone in this court to kiss my [expletive] before I apologize or ask for mercy."

Thornton's grandmother and grandfather asked the judge for leniency in their grandson's case.

Judge Clyde Jones took a recess to consider his decision. After a few minutes, he returned to the bench and sentenced Thornton to 100 years in prison to run consecutively.

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