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East Texas Church Arsonists Get Another Life Term

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Firemen work to stop a fire. (credit: Miguel Riopa/AFP/Getty Images)

Firemen work to stop a fire. (credit: Miguel Riopa/AFP/Getty Images)

ATHENS (AP) – Two men already sentenced to life in prison over five church fires in East Texas have pleaded guilty to more blazes.

A judge in Athens sentenced 21-year-old Jason Robert Bourque and 23-year-old Daniel George McAllister to additional life terms, to be served concurrently.

Bourque on Jan. 11 was indicted on three arsons counts, while McAllister was charged with two arson counts. Both pleaded guilty Tuesday in a plea agreement that resolved three church fires last year in Henderson County.

The men last month were sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty related to five church fires in Smith County. They’re expected in court Friday over two church fires in Van Zandt County.

Nobody was hurt in the 10 church fires in January and February of 2010.

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