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.

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.

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

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 she has taken custody of his two sons.

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