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He was earlier sentenced to 60 days after pleading guilty to setting a fire in the church.
Nathaniel Alan Lutz
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
The second man convicted in last year’s burglary and arson at a northwest Roanoke church was sentenced Tuesday in circuit court.
Nathaniel Alan Lutz, 21, must serve about six months in jail for breaking and entering and grand larceny, a judge decided.
That follows a 60-day sentence Lutz received in March after he pleaded guilty to a related charge of burning property inside the building.
Officers were called Nov. 29 to Westminster Presbyterian Church in the 2200 block of Peters Creek Road and found that the building had been ransacked, according to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John McNeil.
McNeil said a small fire had been set in a hallway. It charred some carpeting but eventually extinguished itself. A computer reported stolen was later recovered, but a digital camera remains missing.
A fingerprint found at the scene led police to arrest Lutz and, soon after, they also took Steven Wayne Kershner into custody.
Each man claimed the fire had been the other’s idea, McNeil said, and Lutz said his goal in the break-in had been monetary.
“I was an addict to marijuana and I was trying to support my habit,” he testified.
“The court cannot ignore the building that was targeted here,” Judge David Carson told Lutz at his hearing. “The court also cannot ignore that it was your thumbprint on the flammable liquid.”
Lutz will also be on two years of supervised probation after his release, and Carson ordered him to get his GED during that period.
In April, Kershner, 34, pleaded guilty to statutory burglary, grand larceny and arson in an unoccupied building and was sentenced to serve four years, with 11 years in suspended time.
The men are jointly liable for about $4,000 in restitution.
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