Federal Judge orders man to pay back more than $350,000 for church arson….

February 5, 2014 – BISMARCK, North Dakota — A judge who sentenced a North Dakota man to more than three years in prison for burning down a church has now ordered him to pay back more than $350,000.  Authorities the man set fire to the St. James Episcopal Church on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in July 2012. The church was destroyed.



September 29, 2011 – Fire Department Chief Mike Strobridge confirmed that Calvary Methodist Church  sanctuary and classroom was destoyed by an arson fire  and is offering a reward of $10,000 for information regarding the fire.  Please contact Georgia Arson Hotline at 1-800-282-5804 with any information.



3 teen girls and one adult man arrested for arson of church

June 18, 2011 – Pennsylvania State Police in Coudersport on Saturday announced the arrest of three teens and a 23-year-old Millerton man in an arson at Southern Baptist Church on Phoenix Run Road in Potter County on April 30.

The names of the teens, all girls, weren’t released. Two of the girls, each 17, face multiple charges including arson. The third girl, 16, faces several charges, but not arson.

Seth William Greenwalt of Millerton is charged with institutional vandalism, criminal trespass, corruption of minors, desecration of venerated objects and criminal conspiracy.

The church was broke into and fires were set at opposite ends. The fires extinguished themselves without causing significant damage to the church.

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.

Trail starts for man charged with buring down church…

March 21 –

A federal court jury in Massachusetts will be hearing opening arguments in the trial of a man charged with burning down a predominantly black church in Springfield because he was upset that Obama was elected president.

Opening arguments are set for Monday in the trial of Michael Jacques at U.S. District Court in Springfield.

Jacques was among three white men charged with burning down the Macedonia Church of God in Christ just hours after Obama was elected in November 2008. The under-construction church was destroyed, but a new building is nearing completion.

The other defendants pleaded guilty. Jacques could face up to 60 years in prison if convicted of conspiracy against civil rights, damage to religious property and other charges. His lawyer says he’s innocent.

Michael Jacques

Man sentenced to 51 months in prision for church arson….

March 10, 2011 – An Ohio man was sentenced to 51 months in prison for setting fire to the First Azusa Apostolic Faith Church of God in Conneaut, Ohio , the Department of Justice has announced.   Ronald J. Pudder, 23, of Conneaut, pleaded guilty last year to one count of intentionally damaging, destroying and attempting to destroy religious property because of the race, color, and ethnic characteristics of individuals associated with that property.

2 men receive life sentences for Texas church fires…

February 11, 2011 – Canton, Texas: Two men who pleaded guilty to starting a pair of church fires in Texas, received life sentence in prison.  No injuries were sustained by the fires.

Jason Bourque, age- 21, pleaded guilty to two counts of arson and was given two life sentences, while Daniel McAllister, 23, pleaded guilty to a single count of arson and received a life sentence. Both fires took place in Van Zandt County, about 50 miles east of Dallas.

Man charged with threatening to firebomb church in Santa Ana

February 9, 2011 – An 18-year-old man was in a Santa Ana jail Wednesday for allegedly threatening — while high on methamphetamines — to throw a Molotov cocktail at a Santa Ana church whose members he believed were appearing in his mirror.

Jose Alberto Neri, of Santa Ana, is charged with three felonies and three misdemeanors, including attempted arson, possession of a destructive device in public, carrying a butterfly knife and being under the influence of drugs.

The incident was reported Sunday at about 9 p.m. while dozens of people worshipped inside a church near the 500 block of S. Van Ness Avenue in Santa Ana.

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.

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.”

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