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Man Sentenced in Greenville Church Arsons

Posted December 18, 2007

— A Farmville man was sentenced Tuesday to more than 11 years in prison for breaking into three Greenville churches and setting two of them on fire in January.

Seth Parker Price, 28, of Stantonsburg Road, pleaded guilty to several counts each of breaking and entering, burglary and arson. He was sentenced to 140 to 172 months in prison.

Fires of Jan. 13 destroyed Memorial Baptist Church and damaged Unity Free Will Baptist Church. Oakmont Baptist Church also was burglarized.

Damage at Memorial Baptist Church was estimated at $1 million. The fire at Unity Free Will Baptist Church was contained to a single room.

A task force made up of local and federal investigators was created to investigate the church fires. But investigators said there was no evidence to suggest Price was connected with any hate groups.

Officers responded to a May 20 residential break-in in the Willow Run subdivision noticed a nearby house was on fire and saw Price running from the area. He was questioned by authorities and released but was later arrested and charged with the church fires.


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  • Cable Dec 19, 2007

    what about thos 3 teens that burned down churches in Louisiana. Oh wait thats right they burned them down as a joke.

  • mayor Dec 18, 2007

    Prayer - no need for your to pray, everyone "finds" Christ in prison......

  • yeahright2 Dec 18, 2007

    Although I am against having "Hate Crime" laws, this qualifies as a hate crime to me. Obviously he really must hate Christians to do something like this. I am glad to see you received a sentence of a decent length. I just wish more criminals received long sentences.

  • drnc Dec 18, 2007

    The churches involved have forgiven him. I personally could not. From his demeanor and appearance, I believe he will find the prison system most enjoyable.

  • gratefultoGOD Dec 18, 2007

    I agree... BE SURE YOUR SINS WILL FIND YOU OUT! and for him.. they did! A lost soul for sure!

  • PrayerWorks Dec 18, 2007

    Whoever sets a church on fire has no FEAR of God, I pray that he will find Jesus soon!

  • AM is Back to Being Immaculate Dec 18, 2007

    Good for him and I hope he finds God in prison and begs for forgiveness. Some people are so pathetic and hateful.