Feb 20, 2013 4:35 PM by Janet Hollinshead

Man sentenced to five years for church defacing

A Lafayette man, Brian Toriano Crimiel, 35, was sentenced today before U.S. District Court Judge Richard Haik to six years in prison for defacing Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and lying to a federal agent, according to the U.S. Attorneys Office. Crimiel was also ordered to pay $2,972 to the Immaculate Heart of Mary's insurance company and $1,000 to St. James Baptist Church for the damages. He was also ordered to serve four years of supervised release for defacing the church and for lying to an FBI agent.

Authorities discovered, on Feb. 26, 2011, painted racial slurs on the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and school on 12 Street in Lafayette, according to court documents. Crimiel later admitted to defacing the property, saying he was trying to frame his ex-girlfriend for the damages, and numerous pieces of evidence at the scene did exactly that. As part of his plea agreement, Crimiel also admitted that on Feb. 13, 2011, he also defaced the St. James Baptist Church on Plum Street in Lafayette by writing racial slurs on the church with spray paint and pouring gasoline on the bushes near the front door of the building, leaving threats that the church would burn.
Crimiel also admitted that he lied to an FBI agent when he denied using his cell phone on the morning of Feb. 13, 2011. Crimiel called 911 anonymously to advise authorities that he saw two women and one man trespassing on St. James Baptist Church property.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation- Lafayette Resident Agency and the Lafayette Police Department investigated the case. Assistant United States Attorney James T.
McManus prosecuted the case.


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