A sentencing was held this morning for 47 year old Andrew McClinton after he plead guilty to arson after the 2016 burning of Hopewell Baptist Church.
On November 1, 2016, Greenville authorities were dispatched to Hopewell Baptist Church in reference to a large blaze. Upon arrival, authorities could see "Vote Trump" painted on the side while the church was engulfed in flames.
In December, McClinton admitted his crimes saying he started the fire to prevent the church from having service the following day. District Attorney, Dewayne Richardson, tells the Delta News McClinton wanted to prevent some improper actions from getting to the church body so he burned the building.
On March 28, he plead guilty and in today's sentencing Judge Margaret Carey McCray sentenced him to 20 years, 10 to serve as an habitual offender and 10 suspended with 5 years supervised probation.