- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - A 20-year-old man has pleaded guilty in connection to a string of 2014 Columbus church break-ins.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (https://bit.ly/236mnH8) reports that Reginald Antonio Weeks-Lewis was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday after pleading guilty to burglarizing and vandalizing three churches in March 2014, among other charges.

Authorities named Weeks-Lewis as an accomplice in a series of burglaries with 19-year-old Preston Blayne Kennedy, who pleaded guilty two years ago. Police accused Kennedy of 10 church break-ins.

Investigators say the two were among a team of thieves who typically stole electronics but also vandalized churches, sometimes emptying fire extinguishers inside. Kennedy’s attorney says the crimes were fueled by an addiction to prescription drugs.

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Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, https://ledger-enquirer.com


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