Alabama church arsonist Russell DeBusk Jr. wants 2 years shaved off prison sentence

| March 21, 2011

CENTREVILLE, Ala. — One of the former Birmingham college students who admitted burning five Bibb County churches in 2006 is trying to shorten his sentence and get out of prison next spring by portraying himself as a role model behind bars.

The plea deal that Russell DeBusk Jr. reached in 2007 called for him to serve seven years in federal prison followed by two years in state prison. But now he is asking Bibb County Circuit Judge Marvin Wiggins to make the two-year state sentence run concurrent with his federal sentence, effectively shortening his sentence by two years.

DeBusk's attorney, Brett Bloomston of Birmingham, said DeBusk has turned his life around at a minimum-security federal prison in Three Rivers, Texas. That includes posting a 4.0 GPA in college correspondence courses and getting a supervisory position in the prison industries program.–Church-Fires-1st-Ld-Writethru/

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