Fact File

Fact File: Jason Scott Santos

May 04, 2006

  • Fire breaks out at Charlottesville Christ Church on Fifth Street around 11:30 p.m.

May 05, 2006

  • Investigators find blood at the scene and detectives track down 24-year-old Jason Scott Santos at the University of Virginia Medical Center. He admits to starting the fire.
  • Santos is arrested for breaking and entering.

May 08, 2006

  • Church of Christ members reunite for service at Buford Middle School.

May 11, 2006

  • NBC29 interviews Santos in jail where he shares what happened that night. He says he shattered a window to get into the church to make a hamburger. The next thing he knew, a fire started.

    He says, "No, I didn't mean to burn it down. It was not me...I'm very sorry and I regret that very much...It wouldn't have happened if I was not doing drugs."
  • Santos is charged with breaking and entering, petty larceny and intent to commit a felony. He is scheduled for a court appearance in June. Church members say they forgive and are praying for Santos.

May 18, 2006

  • Church and city leaders gather to raise $10,000 to cover an insurance deductible for the church. Church damage is assessed at $850,000.

July 20, 2006

  • Santos faces 10 years in jail if convicted of intent to commit a felony charge.

August 17, 2006

  • Santos waives right to preliminary hearing. Breaking and entering and intent to commit a felony charges dismissed.
  • Commonwealth's attorney says Santos could face 40 years in prison.

August 21, 2006

  • Santos is indicted on arson charge.

December 20, 2006

  • Santos pleads guilty. He is scheduled for sentencing in March.