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Rocky Mount man convicted of setting woman on fire

Posted August 4, 2010

— A Rocky Mount man has been found guilty in connection with a domestic violence incident in which police say he set fire to a woman.

Anthony Earl Brown, 44, was convicted Tuesday of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. He was sentenced to between four-and-a-half and six years in prison.

Police said that on Sept. 21, 2009, Brown poured rubbing alcohol on Martha Alford, 37, and threw a match to ignite the alcohol. Alford was treated for severe burns at the North Carolina Jaycees Burn Center at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

State Department of Correction records show that Brown has a criminal record dating to 1982 that includes convictions for assault inflicting serious injury, common-law robbery, communicating threats and trespassing.


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  • sophiemom Aug 5, 2010

    With this history, I cannot believe he only got 4.5-6 years. He will probably get out in 3 years or so. This is attempted murder, and in a bad way. Burns are a particularly horrible thing to live with.

  • danunger Aug 5, 2010

    Hank5049.....I did not go to the site you posted, but IF it biased the Judge then maybe the judge should do some time with him. Clearly a case of attempted murder, but some ambulance chaser lawyer most likely got a plea copped on his behalf. Sad how our justice system works.

  • Susan08 Aug 5, 2010

    dixieboy-NC is soft on DV offenders but there have been many laws passed in the last few years that is addressing that issue. There is a legislative committee that is directly addresses domestic and sexual violence, which is great but there is a lot of work to be done.
    hank5049-I'm not a lawyer but I have spent a lot of time in the criminal court system (not as a defendant) and never have seen a victim's criminal record used in sentencing but I have seen it used in a trial to "discredit" the victim. The story said that he "has been found guilty" so that could mean that they went to trial. Once the conviction is in, then the judge sentences according to the sentencing guidelines.

  • rugger38 Aug 4, 2010

    criminal records back to 1982? If he's 44, that means he was 16 in 1982. I'm willing to bet it goes back further, but everything is sealed, him being a juvenile and all back then...

  • bonnnie Aug 4, 2010

    Why dont the courts just tell him good job. 6 years that crime its bull!and he already has a criminal record for the same things it is an injustice to the victim and the community.. geez! IS THERE ANY JUSTICE ANYMORE?

  • hank5049 Aug 4, 2010

    here is martha alford's criminal record. it may have played a part in the judge's sentencing. i repeat IT may have played a part in the judge's sentencing.


  • cocker_mom Aug 4, 2010

    wow - 4.5 years to 6 years - why not charge with attempted murder? Are we really gonna wait til this guy kills someone to put him away? If you set someone on fire - what else could be your intent other than trying to kill them?

    and - with that kind of sentence - when will he be eligible for parole?????

    Anyone want odds on how long before we see his picture on WRAL again?

  • Daisygirlforever Aug 4, 2010

    hollyb227 & pulstar40.....no kidding, just disgusting (no justice here); answer to what is wrong with our justice system: liberals.

  • pulstar40 Aug 4, 2010

    6 years for setting someone on fire? You have got to be kidding. This is an outrage. On top of it, he also has a criminal record.

  • daisy18 Aug 4, 2010

    Yeah like he'll serve all of that time. Let's let this man out so he can set someone else on fire at a later date. What in the world is wrong with our justice system!!