- 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.


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

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