EMMETT -- A man accused of setting fire to two Emmett churches last year has been charged with arson.
Bradley Ryan Thomasson was arraigned in Gem County this week.
It's been more than a year since the the First Baptist and Community Bible Church were set ablaze. Emmett residents were shocked to learn the fires weren't an accident. Both buildings were badly damaged.
Police now say that Thomasson and an accomplice, William Charles Dorahush, broke into the churches to steal, and set the fires as a cover-up. Dorahush pleaded guilty to arson and conspiracy to commit arson, and was sentenced to 25 years in prison in December. He'll have to serve at least five before he is eligible for parole.
But Thomasson, who was on parole for murder when the fires were set, was sent back to prison without being charged in connection with the two fires. He's currently serving the rest of a life sentence he received for killing his adoptive parents in 1989. Although it's unlikely he'll be paroled again, Thomasson would face up to 25 additional years in prison if convicted of first-degree arson.
The suspect has also been charged with two counts of burglary, grand theft, and petit theft. He will be represented by public defender Mark Mimura at a June 24 preliminary hearing.
First Baptist held the first service in the church since the fire earlier this month.