Anthony Weaver sentenced to probation

Anthony Weaver

A homeless man who helped two former Birmingham police officers commit arson in the Ensley area will not be going to prison. Anthony Weaver pleaded guilty to third degree burglary, conspiracy to commit arson and second degree arson.{} He could have faced twenty years behind bars.. Instead, a judge gave Weaver five years of supervised probation. {} The district attorney's office says that Weaver -- who has three priors -- did everything asked of him in this case. Weaver said he is sorry for what happened. But at the time, he didn't have a choice.{} "This is nothing that{}I would have done on my own," says{}Weaver. "I didn't wake up one morning and say 'I want to start burning down houses."{}Weaver maintains he was coerced to help commit arson by two former Birmingham police officers, Curtis Thornton and Jason Arnold.{}"If{}I didn't do it, I was going to go to jail. But if{}I did it, I was still going to go to jail," Weaver recalls. "I was in the wrong place at the right time I suppose."{}In 2012, Weaver, Thornton and Arnold were charged with burning several abandoned houses. Thornton was convicted and sentenced to 100 years in prison. In March, Arnold was sentenced to six months in prison and three years probation.{} "I have no animosity toward them, it's just that they were wrong." Now, Weaver, who accepted a plea deal, will spend five years on supervised probation. He must do one hundred hours of community service and there will be restitution to pay.{}