35 Years for Arsonist of Historic Burlington Church

Plea bargain includes fines and possible restitution

Posted by CC on May 10th, 2008 5:03 pm

On April 29, 2007, the historic United Presbyterian Church in Burlington was torched by an arsonist. Another Burlington church was also set on fire, but sustained no damage. Kevin Ravelin was arrested days later and recently agreed to a plea bargain for the crimes, including punishment of 35 years in prison, fines, and possible restitution. According to federal rules, Ravelin will serve at least 29 years. Investigators say that the arson was an anti-Christian hate crime. The church was originally built in 1888 and contained artifacts and documents related to the founding and early settlement of Burlington.
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