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Stiff Sentence For Man Who Set Detroit Apartment Fire

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DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - A Detroit man has been sentenced to prison for setting a fire that forced multiple residents of a city apartment building to jump to safety.

The Wayne County prosecutor’s office said 33-year-old Terrell Thornton was sentenced in Wayne County Circuit Court on Wednesday.  A judge gave Thornton 25 to 50 years for attempted murder and 10 to 20 years for arson. He was also ordered to pay restitution.

The multi-unit building on Springle Street, near Mack and Conner on the city’s east side, was set on fire on Aug. 9.

Seven people were forced to leap from second-floor windows to the ground last year to escape smoke and flames. Some suffered burns. Others were injured from their falls.

Thornton was arrested later that month in Kentucky.

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