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Alleged church building arsonist to be tried as youthful offender

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Andrew Kreischer will be treated as a youthful offender. Andrew Kreischer will be treated as a youthful offender.

A Marshall County man accused of setting fire to a church will be treated as a youthful offender, which means he will have a youthful offender trial and the results of that will forever be sealed from the public.

Andrew Kreischer, 21, of Arab, was charged in April 2012 with arson in relation to the youth ministry building at Victory Cornerstone Church.

Kreischer was charged after officials said he broke into the building, vandalized it, then set it on fire.

Officers said they found walls spray-painted with anti-religious and anarchy symbols on the inside of the building once the fire had been put out.

Prosecutors said people granted youthful offender status face a maximum of a three-year jail sentence and can be ordered to pay restitution.

Kreischer has remained in the Marshall County Jail since his arrest in April on a $10,000 bond.

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