Alabama Church Arsonists Seek Early Release


By Alabama News Network

A former college student in prison for church arson apologized during a court hearing where he sought an early release.


Benjamin Moseley appeared in Bibb County Circuit Court on Thursday. He called the nine church fires in 2006 "senseless actions," and asked for forgiveness from the congregations affected.


His co-defendant, Matthew Cloyd, was not in court. They are seeking release on probation from the two-year state sentences they are serving after completing their federal sentences for the fires.


District Attorney Michael Jackson argued they should serve their full sentences if they want to take full responsibility. Circuit Judge Marvin Wiggins did not indicate when he will rule.


A third defendant who admitted being involved in five of the fires, Russell DeBusk, got an early release from prison in 2012.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Add a comment


Comment: 1000 Characters Left

WNCF and its affiliated companies are not responsible for the content of comments posted or for anything arising out of use of the above comments or other interaction among the users. Comments are posted on site immediately and without station moderation. If you feel a comment is inappropriate you may flag it for review. For guidelines on flagging comments see our Terms & Conditions. We reserve the right to screen, refuse to post, remove or edit user-generated content at any time and for any or no reason in our absolute and sole discretion without prior notice, although we have no duty to do so or to monitor any Public Forum.