Man sentenced to 15 years in arson that hurt 7 firefighters

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DETROIT (AP) -- A man convicted of setting a fire that paralyzed one Detroit firefighter and injured six others has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison.

Thirty-one-year-old Samson Wright pleaded guilty in May to malicious use of fire in the 2010 blaze at a commercial building on Detroit's east side. Detroit U.S. District Judge John Corbett O'Meara sentenced him Wednesday.

The U.S. attorney's office took on the case because the fire happened in a building that housed a wireless phone store engaged in interstate commerce.

The firefighters were hurt when bricks and debris fell on them. One is paralyzed and uses a wheelchair.

A jury convicted co-defendant Calvin Jones in July. He faces up to 40 years in prison when he's sentenced Nov. 30.

Published: Thu, Nov 17, 2011

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