Plea Agreement Reached in Ruckersville Church Arson Case

| April 26, 2011

Accused Ruckersville Baptist Church arsonist Sean Heiderscheidt entered guilty pleas to four charges Tuesday, despite insisting he is innocent.

The 19 year old appeared in Greene County Circuit Court and entered an Alford Plea on all four charges (three felonies and one misdemeanor), admitting there is enough evidence to convict him.

Heiderscheidt was arrested following the August 22, 2010 burning of the church and vandalism of the church cemetery.

He was charged with felony arson of an unoccupied church, felony breaking and entering with the intent to commit larceny, felony destroying/mutilating church cemetery, and misdemeanor larceny.

Before submitting the plea agreement, Heiderscheidt said, "I don't believe I'm guilty."

Judge Daniel Bouton reviewed and accepted the plea, citing "highly incriminating evidence."

The Barboursville resident faces a maximum possible jail term of 36 years. He'll be sentenced July 11.

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