POSTED: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 7:26pm
UPDATED: Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 12:54pm
TYLER-- Daniel McAllister and Jason Bourque both pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to starting a string of church fires across East Texas almost a year ago.
Bourque and McAllister, both 22, were both indicted on several charges of arson and attempted arson. Today in court, each gave up his rights to remain silent, which could put them behind bars for the rest of their lives.
Borque had five arson charges and three arson attempts, and McAllister had two arson charges and two arson attempts.
Members of Dover Baptist Church say when their church was burned to the ground in February, it was a total loss. One member, Chad Munn, says "We have to forgive them, but they will get what they deserve."
The arson charges are first-degree felonies, and the state recommends life behind bars for those. The state court recommends 20 years for the attempted arson charges, which are second-degree felonies.
The court meets on January 10th to discuss sentences. If the court decides to give a longer sentences than what the state recommends, they have a choice to withdraw their plea and go before a jury.