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Man sentenced for arson conspiracy

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Posted at 7:49 AM, Nov 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-03 07:49:16-04

A Buffalo man will spend 41 months behind bars for trying to burn down the building that housed his friend's father's business.

Authorities say 51-year-old Christopher Gorman had been drinking with Lowell Carey and Ryan Smolinski in June 2014 when Smolinski expressed that he was upset that his father was losing his business, Western New York Property Contractors.

The three conspired to burn down the Ontario Street building that housed the business, and made two Molotov cocktails using beer bottles they had been drinking from and gasoline and a t-shirt as a wick.

Carey lit and threw one of the Molotov cocktails onto the roof of the building. Smolinski lit and placed the other Molotov cocktail underneath a garage door on the side of the building with Gorman's assistance. 

The outside of the building was burned in the areas where the Molotov cocktails were located resulting in approximately $2,207.89 in damages.

Carey and Smolinski were previously convicted and sentenced.