Thursday, March 15, 2007
Arsonists Get Special Treatment
BIRMINGHAM -- Three former college students who pleaded guilty to federal charges in a string of rural church arsons will ask a judge to treat them as youthful offenders as they answer state charges.
Lawyers for Matthew Cloyd, Russell Lee DeBusk and Benjamin Nathan Moseley have applied for youthful offender status, a move that could reduce their eventual punishment for the blazes, Bibb County District Attorney Michael Jackson said Tuesday.
Cloyd was 20 at the time of his arrest last year, and Moseley and DeBusk were both 19. If classified as youth offenders, they would face a maximum of three years in jail and their court records would be sealed.