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Rocky Mount man convicted of setting woman on fire

Posted August 4, 2010 12:54 p.m. EDT

— 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.