Tennessee man sentenced to seven years for series of arson attacks | takeover bid
A Tennessee man was convicted today in the arson attack on four Nashville-area churches.
Alan Douglas Fox, 29, of Nashville, was sentenced to seven years in federal prison and three years of probation. He had previously been indicted by a criminal investigation on August 25, 2021 and had previously pleaded guilty to all counts on October 20, 2021.
According to court documents and statements made during plea and sentencing hearings, Fox intentionally burned down Crievewood United Methodist Church on June 17, 2019; Crevewood Baptist Church on June 25, 2019; Saint Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church on June 25, 2019; and Priest Lake Community Baptist Church on June 26, 2019, all because of their religious nature. Fox also carried and used a handgun to break into Crievewood Baptist Church to facilitate the arson. The fires caused significant damage to all four churches.
“This defendant has now been held accountable for his dangerous arson which caused damage to a Catholic Church, a Methodist Church and two Baptist Churches, all pillars of the Nashville community,” Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke said for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. . “Attacks on places of worship are attacks on believers that undermine the fundamental right to practice one’s religion without fear or violence. The Civil Rights Division will continue to vigorously enforce federal laws that protect all places of worship, regardless of denomination.
This case was investigated by the FBI, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department and the Nashville Fire Department. He was prosecuted by District Attorney Kyle Boynton of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and Assistant US Attorney Brooke Schiferle.