Idaho State Journal: Man Pleads Guilty to Arson in Emmett Church Fires


The Emmett Messenger-Index reports that one of two men suspected of setting fire to two churches in Emmett this spring has pleaded guilty. His plea agreement recommends fives years in prison. William Dorahush Jr., 45, pleaded guilty to first-degree arson and conspiracy to commit arson on Monday, Sept. 9. Court records reveal this isn’t his first arson conviction.

According to news reports, Dorahush and Bradley Thomasson, 41, were charged with breaking into Community Bible Church and First Baptist Church at 4:25 a.m. on April 27, stealing items and setting fires inside the buildings. The prosecutors office recommends a 25-year prison sentence for Dorahush with at least five years fixed and restitution. Sentencing is set for Dec. 9.

Meanwhile, Thomasson, who spent  22 years in prison for killing his adoptive parents in 1989, was released on parole in January 2012. He and Dorahush were both already in custody on unrelated charges in May, when they were initially charged with first-degree arson, burglary and theft in connection with the Emmett church burnings.