Convicted East Texas arsonists face pastors whose churches they burned

| February 12, 2011

In East Texas courtrooms this week, pastors faced two men who had pleaded guilty to torching their churches early last year. In shaking voices, the pastors offered forgiveness and said they had somehow failed the convicts. The shackled men looked away, one visibly ashamed, the other seemingly bored.

Though that ended the region's most notorious arson cases, mysteries still haunt a mostly rural region where churches are as common as red dirt and pine-covered hills: What sparked a rampage through three counties that are home to more than 1,400 churches, the burning of 10 churches and attempts at three more?

Jason Bourque and Daniel McAllister offered a glimpse into what prompted their arson spree, breaking a year-long silence and granted interviews to The Dallas Morning News. Each entered guilty pleas Friday in Van Zandt County and received life sentences running concurrent with life sentences from Smith and Henderson counties.

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