Mon, Oct 15, 2012
According to The Advocate, a 34-year-old Lafayette man admitted in federal court Monday to defacing two local churches with predominantly black congregations in February 2011 in an attempt to frame his ex-girlfriend, who is white.
Brian Toriano Crimiel appeared before U.S. District Judge Richard Haik in to enter his guilty pleas. He will be sentenced on a later date.
Crimiel, who is black, admitted he wrote racial slurs on St. James Baptist Church on Plum Street and on Immaculate Heart of May Church on 12th Street.
Crimiel admitted to picking out both churches because of their racial makeup in an effort to have his ex-girlfriend charged with the criminal act.
In the St. James Baptist Church incident, Crimiel also poured gasoline on the bushes near the front door, threatening to burn the church, the plea form states.
Crimiel also admitted to leaving a number of pieces of evidence at the scene pointing to his ex-girlfriend as the culprit, the plea document states.
He pleaded guilty to one count of damage to religious property and one count of making a false statement, which stemmed from an interview with the FBI.
Crimiel faces not more than one year on the damage to religious property count and up to five years on the false statement count.