Man Convicted of Hacienda Heights Church Arson

| July 21, 2013

A 35-year-old man was found guilty July 9 of torching St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Hacienda Heights in 2011, causing an estimated $9 million in damage, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Renee Rose of the Target Crimes Division, Arson Section, said Gregory Yusuke Shiga of Hacienda Heights was convicted of all five counts — aggravated arson, arson of a structure, arson of an inhabited structure, possession of flammable material and second-degree commercial burglary.

The jury deliberated less than an hour before returning the guilty verdicts, which included finding the allegations of damage in excess of $3 million, use of an accelerant and multiple buildings burned.

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