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Man who firebombed block club leader’s home gets prison time

A man who took part in a firebombing at the home of a Buffalo block club leader is going to prison for 49 months.

William Lovell Smith, 48, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny after being convicted of possessing a destructive device.

Assistant United States Attorney Joel L. Violanti said Smith helped manufacture at least two Molotov cocktails used on Nov. 1, 2011 to burn a Schreck Avenue home owned by a neighborhood block leader.

Smith was also ordered to pay $70,000 in restitution.

His sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Buffalo Fire Investigation Unit.

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