Man pleads guilty in arson at New Sarpy church

| March 29, 2012

A man accused of setting fire to a New Sarpy church during a theft has pleaded guilty. Mark Bailey, 38, of New Sarpy entered his plea to simple arson and simple burglary of a religious building before Judge Robert Klees on Wednesday.

Klees sentenced Bailey to two years in prison, but suspended all but five months of that sentence. Bailey also will serve five years of probation and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, reimburse the Indigent Defender Board $400, attend substance-abuse counseling and perform 250 hours of community service, half at a local church and half performing litter abatement.

Bailey and Jerry Cotton, 57, also of New Sarpy, were arrested by the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office in October following the fire at River of Life Christian Fellowship Church.

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