Georgia man sentenced to 5 years in prison….

February 1, 2011:  Donny Ray Horton Jr. age 46 was sentenced to five years in prison for setting fire to an Alabama church back in April 2010.  Donny Horton was arrested for setting fire to the Gardendale First Baptist Church, located about 15 miles from Birmingham, Alabama.   Donny Horton pleaded guilty to the April crime in September of 2010.  Donny Horton was sentenced on January 26, 2011,   on two counts of arson and one count of mail fraud. The judge ordered him to pay $340,629 in restitution, and to forfeit $78,769 to the government as proceeds of illegal activity.

Woman charged with church arson…

LOUISA, VA – January 25, 2011:  A 51-year-old Louisa County woman is facing felony arson charges  in connection to a string of fires in the county, including St. John Baptist Church in Minera.  Felicia Armstrong of Mineral is charged with one count of felony arson for starting three fires at the church and breaking and entering to start two of the fires inside the building, Renalds said.

Armstrong is being held at Central Virginia Regional Jail under a $10,000 bond.  She was scheduled to appear in Louisa County General District Court today.

Man charged with torching First Baptist Church

New York- Jnuary 13, 2011:

Witness reported seeing Michael Allen of Walton running away from the burning First Baptist Church in his hometown early Tuesday morning. When firefighters and police arrived, they found the church fully engulfed in flames.

Firefighters from several volunteer companies had the blaze under control around 5 a.m. No one was injured.

Police Chief Brian Laauser says Allen was charged with arson. He was being held in the Delaware County jail on $30,000 cash bail. Laauser said he didn’t know if Allen had an attorney.

Officials say the church was built in the late 19th century.

Five children sentenced in vandalism of Norfolk church

Nov. 05–NORFOLK — Five children stared up at Judge William P. Williams on Thursday in a silent courtroom, waiting for their punishment. None was older than 10.

Williams sentenced the children, ages 9 and 10 at the time of the vandalism, to supervised probation and fined each $300. The juvenile and domestic relations court judge scolded the defendants, parents and family members for lacking remorse and a sense of “common decency.”

Church Vans destoryed by arson…..

COVINGTON — October 18, 2010 – The Covington Fire Department is investigating an arson involving three vans parked at the rear of Solid Rock Baptist Church on Brown Bridge Road around 1 a.m. Thursday.

According to Fire Marshal Chief David Carter, firefighters were called to the church parking lot when a passerby notified them of the blaze.

Involved were two Dodge vans, a Ford van and a trailer, Carter said, adding that no other church property was damaged.

Carter said the fire is under investigation and he is awaiting lab results from samples taken at the scene. He said the three vehicles and trailer involved in the blaze were parked adjacent to one another and were a total loss.

$10000 Reward offered in LDS Meetinghouse Arson Fire

A $10,000 reward is being offered in hopes of catching the person or persons who set fire to the LDS meetinghouse on Harbour Pointe Boulevard in Mukilteo early Saturday morning.  Question:  Are you prepared for fire?  Do you have a fire evacuation plan?  Has your staff and volunteers been trained on this plan? Has your staff and volunteers been trained on use of fire extinguishers?  If not, why not?  If you think this will not happen to your church, think again.  We have over 1,000 documented cases of arson against churches of all faiths this year alone.  Don’t wait till it happens to your church  to design a plan, it’s too late.  Call Church Security 360 Degrees, LLC at 678.446.8859 to schedule an  OSHA Safety Assessment.

Read more: KCSG Television – 10 000 Reward Offered in LDS Meetinghouse Arson Fire

Texas Man Gets 25 Years In Church Arson Case

Oct 2010 – A southeast Texas man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison on charges that he burned down a church to cover up a $40 theft.

Twenty-year-old Daniel James Allen pleaded guilty Friday to charges of arson and burglary of a building stemming from a fire last year that destroyed Fletcher Emanuel Church Alive in Lumberton.

Investigators say Allen admitted burglarizing the fellowship hall, taking about $40 from a safe and setting the church offices on fire. No one was injured.

Wife of state atttorney gets 11 years for arson, and theft of former church….

Sept 25th, 2010:  The wife of a former state’s attorney was sentenced Friday to 11 years in prison for stealing nearly $138,000 from her church and setting a house fire in a failed cover-up.
Terri L. James, 42, wept as she read from a prepared statement apologizing to the church, the homeowners and to the Ottawa firefighters whose lives she put at risk setting the fire on March 17.

The judge noted James was in a position of authority (a bookkeeper) for First Congregational United Church of Christ, and she abused that trust by stealing funds as far back as November 2004.
The judge then sentenced James to a pair of 11-year sentences, for residential arson and theft, which will be served concurrently and with day-for-day good time. He also ordered her to make restitution to the church in the amount of $137,817.06. James has until five years after her release from prison, likely in late 2015, to make restitution.
Ryan was unable to order restitution for the home, which sustained an estimated $450,000 in damage, as insurers still are assessing the damage and working out a settlement.

Man accused of setting church fire

Donny Ray Horton, 46, was charged with arson and criminal mischief for the blaze at the Gardendale First Baptist Church, located about 15 miles from Birmingham, Ala. A new sanctuary is being built near I-65.

Pastor Sentenced For Lying About Church Arson

A former pastor will serve three years probation for lying to federal agents who investigated an arson at the Sunflower Missionary Baptist Church in Leavenworth.

39-year old Marvin Clay of Leavenworth pleaded guilty to one count of misprision of a felony. In his plea, he admitted that when he was interviewed by federal agents investigating an Oct. 31, 2008, fire at Sunflower Missionary Baptist Church, he concealed the fact he knew co-defendant Carva Lee White had set the fire.

Clay admitted that about a week before the fire, White described how he intended to start a fire at the church. Because the church had fire insurance, White told Clay, they could profit by finding a contractor who would inflate repair bids and pay them kickbacks.

On Nov. 1, 2008, Clay told agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that he didn’t know who set the fire.

Last month, co-defendant Carva Lee White was sentenced to 150 months in federal prison.

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