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Federal sentencing for St. Landry church arsonist to continue

Posted at 6:41 AM, Nov 02, 2020

The federal sentencing hearing for St. Landry Parish church arsonist Holden Matthews will resume on Monday.

The sentencing was supposed to happen Friday, October 30, but a judge pushed it back after new evidence surfaced.

It is unclear what that evidence is, but Matthews could be sentenced to six or seven years in prison and pay restitution to the victims in the amount of $2,660,547.30.

23-year-old Matthews pleaded guilty in February to state and federal charges. Matthews admitted that, between March 26 and April 4, 2019, he intentionally set fire to Greater Union, Mt. Pleasant and St. Mary Baptist Churches in St. Landry Parish.

Matthew's sentencing on state charges was also postponed.

A new date for that sentencing has not been set.

Read more: Federal sentencing for St. Landry Parish church arsonist continued to Monday

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