Alabama man convicted in church burnings released from corrections facility


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ALPINE, Alabama — A man convicted of lighting rural churches on fire in 2006 has been released from state corrections facility.

Alabama Department of Corrections spokesman Bob Horton tells ( ) 29-year-old Benjamin Moseley was released from the Childersburg Community Work Center Wednesday morning.

His accomplice 29-year-old Matthew Cloyd was released from the Frank Lee Youth Center in late March. A third man, Russell Lee DeBusk Jr., was released early from state prison in 2012.

Authorities have said the men were sentenced in a series of church fires in Bibb, Sumter, Greene and Pickens Counties. Nine churches were torched in all and authorities have said Moseley and Cloyd were college students at the time of the arsons.

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