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Arsonist Sentenced in LDS Chapel Fire

Arsonist Sentenced in LDS Chapel Fire

Posted - May 14, 2004 at 7:46 a.m.



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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The man who pleaded guilty to starting a fire that destroyed a Mormon church and caused more then a (m) million dollars in damage is getting prison time.

A judge sentenced Angel Diaz-Juarez yesterday to five years in prison and ordered him to repay The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 901-thousand dollars in damages.

Diaz-Juarez pleaded guilty in March to arson and possession of a forged green card.

The undocumented worker admitted entering the church last August and kicking in the door of the clerk's office, where he stole blank checks and then used a cigarette lighter to set the fire.

After the fire, Diaz-Juarez says he forged four checks.

The Mexican national is expected to be deported after he serves his sentence.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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