Joliet, Illinois Man Gets 30 Years For Arson

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JOLIET, Ill. (AP) _ A Lockport man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for setting fire to his girlfriend’s Joliet apartment last year.

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow says a judge on Thursday gave 39-year-old Adrian Blalock the maximum sentence possible for residential arson.

Blalock was convicted in June, and already had a long criminal record that included prior arson convictions.

Prosecutors say he drove to his girlfriend’s apartment after an argument in June 2011 and set fire to her young daughter’s bedroom while nobody was home. Nobody was injured, but the fire caused significant damage to the apartment building.

Glasgow says it’s fortunate that nobody was injured or killed.

He says Blalock left his own young daughter alone in his car while he went inside to set the blaze.

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