North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

July 25, 2013

Curtis Thornton gets 100 years in Warrior, Ensley arson fires

From staff reports
North Jefferson News

BIRMINGHAM — Curtis Thornton, the former Birmingham Police office from Warrior who was convicted of four counts of arson and two lesser charges earlier in July, received a sentence of 100 years — the maximum term possible.

Thornton was sentenced Thursday by Jefferson Circuit Judge Clyde Jones. He received four terms of 20 years for second-degree arson, 10 years for attempted arson and 10 years for first-degree criminal mischief. Jones set those terms to run consecutively to total a century behind bars.

Thornton, 28, was convicted of setting fire to several different structures, four of which were located in the Dana Road neighborhood where he lived with his then-fiancée. Two others were houses in Ensley, where Thornton worked out of the BPD West Precinct.

All of the incidents took place in April and May of 2012.

In Thursday's sentencing, the state played a recording of Thirnton in a conversation on a jail phone, in which he said, "I'll tell everyone in this court to kiss my a** before I apologize or ask for mercy."

Jones took a brief recess after hearing from prosecutors and the defense, including Thornton's grandparents, before handing down the maximum sentence.