DETROIT (WWJ) – A conviction Monday for the man prosecutors said set fire to a Detroit apartment complex in August — forcing several residents to jump for their lives.

Thirty-three-year-old Terrell Thornton has been found guilty of attempted murder and arson of a dwelling for setting fire to an apartment complex on Springle – on the city’s east side.

Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy said with the current budget allocation for her office, she said she won’t be able to maintain an arson unit .

“A good investigation is crucial to our success in court,” said Worthy in a statement to WWJ Newsradio.

She said the Thornton case shows why the unit is needed.

Thornton will be sentenced on Oct. 16, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. by Judge Timothy Kenny.

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