- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) - A man convicted of multiple counts of attempted first-degree murder for starting a fire that destroyed a condominium complex in Thornton has been sentenced to 160 years in prison.

The Adams County District Attorney’s Office says 22-year-old Martin Castruita Espinoza was sentenced Thursday for the March 6 fire that destroyed 18 units at the Corona Village condominium complex. He was convicted in August of 10 counts of attempted first-degree murder, 23 counts of first-degree arson, three counts of third-degree assault and 10 counts of reckless endangerment.

Espinoza was among the people who gathered to watch the fire, and he was interviewed by a television reporter.

Two residents and two firefighters were injured in the blaze. A number of pets also were killed.

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