The Washington Post – The Latest on a man sentenced to 10 years in the 2016 burning of a Mississippi church that was spray painted “Vote Trump” includes a prosecutor who said a church member admitted setting the African American church on fire.
. . . Washington County District Attorney Dewayne Richardson said that 47-year-old Andrew McClinton gave investigators varying accounts of setting the fire at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville.
The fire and vandalism happened a week before the 2016 presidential election . . . Richardson said McClinton was involved in illicit activities at the church, and he set the fire to prevent fellow congregants from meeting about those activities.