4 witnesses who helped convict Los Angeles County church arsonist will share $10,000 reward


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LOS ANGELES — Four witnesses who helped authorities track down and prosecute a man who set fire to a Los Angeles County church will share a $10,000 reward.

Gregory Yusuke Shiga was ordered last year to pay $8.9 million in restitution and serve an 18-year sentence for setting the blaze at St. John Vianney Catholic Church.

The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday (http://lat.ms/13yvrrC ) that one witness will receive $8,500, while three others will split the remaining $1,500.

Officials say information from the witnesses led to the arrest and conviction.

Investigators said the 2011 fire was started after saturated rolls of toilet paper were placed around the church during a break-in.

The walls and ceiling were also soaked with accelerant before the blaze was lit.

A jury found Shiga guilty of aggravated arson and other crimes.

Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

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