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Indiana church arsonist apologizes, gets 40 years

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RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) — A man in and out of youth homes, jail and prison since he was a teenager has been sentenced to the maximum 40 years in prison for setting the fire that destroyed the only Catholic church in an Indiana city.

William Abbott said at the sentencing hearing Monday that he didn’t purposely target St. Anne Catholic Church in New Castle.

The 34-year-old Abbott had pleaded guilty last month to a felony charge of arson.


Abbott said he didn’t plan the fire and bears no hate toward religions. He has devil horn tattoos on either side of his head but they were covered by his hair at the hearing.

He told church members who were in court that he was "truly sorry."


Information from: The Star Press,

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