Guilty Plea in Church Fire

Remember the fire in the Church of Christ on Fifth Street back in May? There’s a guilty plea in that fire now, and it’s a bummer of a story. The perp is a 25-year-old deaf, homeless man who broke in to find food because he hadn’t eaten in the past couple of days, Liesel Nowak reports in today’s Progress. Jason Santos had fired up the church’s stove to cook some hamburgers and, while out of the room, a dishtowel caught fire, which started the fire that burned down the entire wing of the church.

Says the church’s Bishop Rufus Hayes, “I feel sorry for the young man.” Santos is in jail without bond, awaiting sentencing in March. He’s facing twenty years in prison.

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