Louisiana Man Gets 25 Years After Torching 3 Black Churches
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man who admitted to burning down three predominantly African American churches has been sentenced to 25 years in prison and ordered to pay the churches $2.6 million.
U.S. Attorney Alexander Van Hook says in a news release Holden Matthews set fire to the churches because of their religious nature and to promote himself as a “black metal” musician.
He says a federal judge in Lafayette sentenced the 23-year-old man on Monday.
Judge Robert Summerhays gave Matthews him credit for the 18 months he already has spent in jail. Matthews pleaded guilty to both state and federal charges.
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