Feb 21, 2013 8:30 AM by AP

Lafayette man gets prison for defacing churches

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A Lafayette man has been sentenced to five years in prison for spray-painting racial slurs on two churches and lying to a federal agent.

U.S. District Judge Richard Haik also on Wednesday ordered 35-year-old Brian Toriano Crimiel to pay a total of nearly $4,000 in restitution to the St. James Baptist Church and to the insurance company of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

A three-count indictment accused Crimiel of defacing the two Lafayette churches in February 2011. Crimiel allegedly tried to frame his ex-girlfriend for the damage.

Prosecutors said notes with "hate-filled language" also were strewn about the churches.

Crimiel pleaded guilty in October.




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