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Paul Cupp Convicted in Church Arson Trial

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A jury has found a Crimora man guilty of setting fire to Hildebrand Mennonite Church last October.

The jury found 36-year-old Paul Lenwill Cupp guilty of arson, and recommended he serve eight years behind bars.

Cupp was arrested just three days after a small fire damaged the Hildebrand Mennonite Church near Hermitage.  Arson investigators say he used a type of Molotov cocktail - a plastic drink bottle filled with gasoline - with a red rag used as a wick.

Cupp will be formally sentenced in December.

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