- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Cobb County prosecutors say a man convicted of burglarizing an apartment and setting it on fire has been given a 20-year sentence.

District Attorney’s spokeswoman Kim Isaza says 39-year-old Ernest Alphonso Nixon pleaded guilty to burglary, theft and arson. Prosecutors say Nixon and his girlfriend were driving home from a party in 2013 when they got in an argument and she left him on the side of the road.

Prosecutors say Nixon entered the woman’s apartment through a window and stole a loaded revolver. Prosecutors say he hid nearby when police responded and after officers left, he entered the woman’s apartment again and set five fires causing more than $60,000 in damage.

Authorities say Nixon was arrested in Pennsylvania and must spend 10 years in custody and 10 on probation.

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