“Associate” of Owner Gets Five Years for Sub Shop Fire

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    Hugh Hinds, NBCWashington.com

    A northern Virginia man found guilty of setting a Lorton sandwich shop on fire was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday.

    In February, 25-year-old Horace Thompson intentionally poured gasoline inside The Sub Shop on Richmond Highway and ignited it, investigators said.

    That set off a massive explosion and fireball that caused extensive damage to the store, seriously injuring the owner.

    Thompson was convicted in October. He was described as an "associate" of the owner.

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