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State Fire Marshal Isssues Statement on Guilty Pleas in St. Landry Church Fires Case

Following a change in plea in federal court and the entering of a guilty plea in state court in connection with criminal cases against Holden Matthews, the suspect in the 2019 St. Landry church fires, State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning offers the following statement:

“This is a win for faith. Today’s guilty plea is a validation of the hard work our agency, Sheriff Bobby Guidroz and his deputies, state and federal partners put into this case. It’s also an opportunity for closure and continued healing for the affected church communities.”