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Woman faces sentencing for firebombing ex-boyfriend's Detroit house, killing 2

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DETROIT – A Detroit woman faces sentencing Friday morning for intentionally killing her ex-boyfriend and his girlfriend in December by setting fire to a house on Detroit’s east side.

Mariah Thomas, 24, was found guilty on two counts of felony murder, two counts of assault with intent to murder and two counts of arson. Jebrie Cross, 28, also of Detroit, was similarly charged and faces trial.

The fire happened on the 19600 block of Hoyt Street. James Jordan, 23, and his 21-year-old girlfriend, Jana John, were killed in the fire.

Thomas and Cross were accused of throwing bottles filled with a flammable substance at the home, setting it on fire with Jordan and John inside.

A third person, a 22-year-old man, was injured in the fire and survived.

Background

Thomas was Jordan’s ex-girlfriend and the mother of his child. Detroit Arson Capt. Pat McNulty said there a fight hours before the fire started between Jordan and Thomas.

“The allegations in this case are becoming all too common,” Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement. “Have we really come to the place where if someone rejects another person, the result is to seek revenge by burning a home with occupants in it?”

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