Archive for Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Pastor from Leavenworth church sentenced for lying about arson

April 13, 2010


— A former pastor at a Leavenworth church has been sentenced to three years probation for lying about an arson at his church.

Federal prosecutors say 39-year-old Marvin Clay was sentenced Monday after he admitted that he lied about an Oct. 21, 2008, fire at Sunflower Missionary Baptist Church. Prosecutors say he told federal agents that he didn't know who set the fire.

In fact, Clay knew that Carva Lee White had set the fire. Clay admitted Monday that White told him of his plans a week before the fire. The two planned to make money by hiring a contractor to pay them kickbacks during renovations.

White was sentenced last month to 12½ years in prison.


50YearResident 8 years, 2 months ago

He should have got the same 12 1/2 years his co-planner got. Looks it was planned from the beginning by both or the preacher himself instigated the plan and talked the other guy into it. Why do preachers get lighter terms? The guy should be banned from ever preaching again for life.

Christine Anderson 8 years, 2 months ago

Oh no. This is beyond dirty despicable. How? Why?-can people think of doing this sort of thing?

Ken Lewis 8 years, 2 months ago

Religious zealots often lie to meet thier own ends. This is often times seen in the legislature to get some social engineering (moral) law passed to regulate our lifestyle. They forget about breaking thier own law to impose it upon us.

yankeevet 8 years, 2 months ago

What a dog............should of locked his a.............. up also.............

OldEnuf2BYurDad 8 years, 2 months ago

I'm confused. I thought that the rules on LJW were to complain about short sentences when there was a violent crime, and complain about long sentences when there was no violence against a person. It seems to me that 12 years for burning down an old church building is kind of excessive considering no-one was hurt. Compare that to the drunk-driving fatalities we've seen lately - seems it's "better" to kill a person than to kill a building.

50YearResident 8 years, 2 months ago

Old enough the rules are that if 2 guys burn down a church for profit they both get the same penalty. Its not "the preacher man is "special" so we have to give him the smallest jail time available which in this case seems to be zero. Mabe he used to be a catholic priest.

Sulla 8 years, 2 months ago

Typical Christer on the make..kind of like certain personalities in our beloved USD 497...

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