Three men enter plea deals in church fire case

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CENTREVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Three young men accused of setting a string of church fires last year pleaded guilty to state arson and burglary charges in Bibb County Thursday.

Matthew Cloyd, Benjamin Moseley and Russell Lee DeBusk Junior will serve two years in state prison in addition to the federal time they already received.

The three entered the guilty pleas as about two dozen members of the burned churches stood beside the judge's bench watching.

The men still face charges in three more counties where fires were started.

Five churches were set ablaze in Bibb County about 45 miles south of Birmingham last February. Four other churches were burned four days later in three western counties near the Mississippi line.

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