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Idaho Man Admits to Setting Fire to Churches

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EMMETT, Idaho (AP) — One of two men suspected of setting fire to two churches in Emmett this spring has pleaded guilty in an agreement that recommends he spent at least five years in prison.

Gem County Prosecutor Richard Linville said 45-year-old William Dorahush Jr., pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree arson and conspiracy to commit arson. Court records say Dorahush has previous arson convictions. Dorahush and Bradley Thomasson were charged with breaking into the churches early on April 27, taking various items and setting fires in the buildings.

Linville says his office will recommend a 25-year prison sentence for Dorahush, with at least five years fixed, plus restitution. Sentencing is set for Dec. 9. Thomasson remains in custody on unrelated charges. He spent 22 years in prison for killing his adoptive parents in 1989.

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