Black worshipper sentenced to 10 years for torching his own church in the lead-up to 2016 election

By CHRIS PLEASANCE FOR MAILONLINE and ASSOCIATED PRESS

A member of an African American church in Mississippi has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for setting light to the building in the run-up to the 2016 election.

Andrew McClinton, 47, was sentenced on Thursday after admitting to police that he set the fire back in March, which prosecutors say was designed to hide illicit activities he had committed inside.

But he continues to deny spray-painting ‘Vote Trump’ on the side of the building in an apparent effort to make the fire look like a hate crime.

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