Antimormon Sex Offender Receives 10 Years in Prison A 39-year-old Palestine man accused of setting fire to a local church earlier this year has been sentenced to 10 years in prison by a local state district judge. Scott Steven Davis, 39, of Palestine was sentenced to 10 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice by Third State District Judge Mark Calhoon on Oct. 2 after pleading guilty to an arson at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints building at 4400 N. Loop 256. Davis had pled guilty to the first-degree felony offense one week earlier. Authorities say Davis set fire to the pew where he and his estranged wife normally sat on March 30 because he was upset at church leaders based on his belief they had sided with her in their relationship. Water from the churchs sprinkler system and smoke from the fire caused more than 0000 in damage to the church, according to Anderson County District Attorney Doug Lowe. The fire caused little structural damage to the church. Palestine firefighters responded to the church around 5:30 pm on March 30 after the fire triggered an alarm. Upon their arrival, firefighters discovered water pouring from the church doors, according to authorities. The fire had been extinguished by the churchs sprinkler system, authorities have said. An investigation conducted by Palestine Fire Marshal Alan Wilcher concluded that Davis lit a wad of paper towels, likely taken from the church kitchen, in an effort to set the pew on fire, according to Lowe. The district
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