Morton man get 15 years for arson in church fire

A Morton man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to arson in connection with a fire that destroyed a church.

Aaron Angel Trinidad, 20, was also ordered to pay court costs and make restitution totaling $1.7  million.

Trinidadís plea was to a first-degree felony with an affirmative finding that the act occurred in a place of worship, said District Attorney Christopher Dennis.

Trinidad was arrested at gunpoint Dec. 1, 2013 at the scene of the fire that gutted First United Methodist Church in Morton. He was charged with arson and burglary at the time, and has remained in custody since the fire.

He agreed to the plea while being represented by attorney Brian Walsh.

Had the case gone to trial, he could have been sentenced to 5-99 years in prison if found guilty.

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