Florida Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of Joshua Gipson after he allegedly set Crosspoint Baptist Church on fire.
“Arson is a malicious crime, but especially heinous when committed against a place of worship,” Patronis said. “Arson, and evil and hateful crimes of any kind, will not be tolerated in our state and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Gipson was charged with two counts of arson, two counts of burglary, one count of criminal mischief, one count of larceny and violation of probation. He faces 50 years in prison.
– Aimee Sachs, Florida Politics