NewsSt. Landry Parish

Actions

Sentencing moved back for St. Landry Black church arsonist

Suspect in black church fires formally charged; bail denied
Posted at 8:37 PM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 21:37:38-04

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Sentencing has been pushed back for the man who pleaded guilty to setting fires in 2019 at three historic Black churches in south Louisiana.

Holden Matthews had been set for sentencing July 30 in federal court in Lafayette. But court records show the sentencing has been rescheduled for Oct. 16.

Courthouse access restrictions related to the new coronavirus are slated to expire in September.

Matthews pleaded guilty in February to state and federal charges.

Matthews, who was 21 at the time of his arrest last year, is white and the destruction of the Black churches in St. Landry Parish evoked memories of civil rights-era terrorism.

But race is not mentioned as a factor in the charges which say the churches were burned because of their “religious character.”

------------------------------------------------------------
Stay in touch with us anytime, anywhere.

To reach the newsroom or report a typo/correction, click HERE.

Download our free app for Apple, Android, Roku and Amazon devices.

Sign up for newsletters emailed to your inbox. Select from these options: Breaking News, Evening News Headlines, Latest COVID-19 Headlines, Morning News Headlines, Special Offers

Alexa's Daily Flash Briefing

Follow us on Twitter

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Instagram

Subscribe to our Youtube channel