EMMETT -- One of the two men accused of intentionally setting fire to two churches in Emmett last spring has pleaded guilty to felony charges.
Gem County Prosecutor Richard Linville tells KTVB that 46-year-old William Dorahush Jr. pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree arson and one count of first-degree arson. In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors dropped grand theft and burglary charges.
Dorahush and Bradley Thomasson were charged with breaking into the Community Bible Church and First Baptist Church in Emmett early on the morning of April 27, 2013. After taking various items, police say the men then set the churches on fire to cover up their crimes.
Linville says his office will recommend a 25-year prison sentence for Dorahush, with a minimum of five years fixed, plus thousands in restitution to his victims. His criminal record shows four prior arson convictions.
Sentencing for Dorahush is set for Dec. 9 at 11:30 a.m.
Co-defendant Bradley Thomasson remains in prison on unrelated charges. His case has not gone to trial yet.