Final church arsonist to spend much of sentence on work release

| April 3, 2012

Before a gallery of his supporters, Aaron Kyle Rider learned his fate for setting the fire that destroyed the 118-year-old Grandview Apostolic Church in Brown County nearly two years ago.

On Monday morning, Judge Judith Stewart handed down a seven-year sentence that included more than three years on work release from the Brown County Jail, followed by three-and-a-half years on probation for his conviction of Class B felony arson.

With his suit jacket sleeves, Rider, 19, of Columbus wiped tears from his face after the judge explained to him that he would be incarcerated for about 20 months, if he behaved himself and earned credit for good behavior.

Rider entered the hearing facing up to eight years in prison. The executed portion on the charge that carries a 20-year maximum had been capped by a plea deal.

Prosecutor Jim Oliver argued for Rider to receive between six and eight years executed. He said to suspend too much of the sentence would diminish the seriousness of the crime.

"The crime had a huge impact on the community," Oliver said.

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