Man pleads guilty to burning down Barron County church

Jesse Unruh

Lucas Schultz

May 16, 2011 – Barron County – One of the men accused of burning down a historic Barron County church entered a guilty plea in court Monday.

Jesse Unruh has plead guilty to charges of arson and burglary. Police say Unruh and Lucas Schultz burglarized the New Scandinavia Lutheran Church in Hillsdale before setting fire to the building.

The incident happened this past December. Over $1 million in damage was done to the 135-year-old building.

Unruh’s sentencing has been set for August. Schultz will be sentenced next month.