CHURCH FIRE: Man Pleads Not Guilty

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A Marshalltown man police say admitted to setting two fires is now saying he’s not guilty.

Forty-eight-year-old Van Gentry entered the plea in Marshall County court.

He’s facing a long list of charges including second degree arson and burglary.

On April 28th, police say he admitted to breaking into the convent building which is part of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marshalltown and setting a fire. He also admitted to setting a previous fire the day before.

Gentry’s trial is set to begin on July 22nd.

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