Fact File: Jason Scott SantosPosted: Updated:
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.