Burton Sentenced to Life for Fatal JC Fire
A Johnson City man convicted of setting a fire that killed two young brothers has been sentenced to life in prison.
According to WBNG-TV 12 News, Dwight Burton maintained his innocence during his sentencing Wednesday morning before Broome County Court Judge Joseph Cawley.
Burton indicated he plans to appeal. He maintained that the evidence that resulted in his June murder conviction was inconsistent.
Burton had been found guilty of murder, arson and other charges in the non-jury trial in connection with the October 2015 fire at 145 Floral Avenue in Johnson City.
Three-year-old Michael Maxwell and four-year-old brother Joshua Maxwell died when the early-morning fire raced through the apartment house.
The mother of the boys - 27-year-old Erica Kurtz - and her friend - 28-year-old Jessica Baxter - were badly burned as a result of the fire.
During the trial, the prosecution argued Burton had started the fire with the intention of killing Burton, who was a former girlfriend.
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