ND man admits burglarizing, torching church; official says man stole money donated by children

| June 23, 2011

A 21-year-old Dickinson man pleaded guilty to arson and burglary in connection to an incident that gutted the Church of Christ in December during a hearing at the Stark County Courthouse on Tuesday.

Joshua Whitworth’s pleas were part of a proposed plea agreement, which could put him behind bars for six years.

Judge Zane Anderson ordered a presentence investigation.

Attorney Jay Greenwood said Whitworth was “pretty out of his mind doing numerous controlled substances,” when the incident occurred.

Greenwood said Whitworth broke a safe in the church and Stark County Assistant State’s Attorney Rhonda Ehlis said $131 was taken.

“The children of the church had been donating their dollar bills,” Ehlis said.



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