Church Fires Update

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One of three men who pleaded guilty to arson in a series of 2006 rural Alabama church fires has been granted an early release from prison.

Bibb County Circuit Judge Marvin Wiggins Monday ordered the release of 25-year-old Russell DeBusk.

DeBusk, a former Birmingham-Southern College student, was convicted of setting fires at five Bibb County churches. He was sentenced to seven years in federal prison and to a 15-year sentence in Alabama. Two of those years were to be served in state prison and the remainder on supervised release.

Wiggins ordered DeBusk's release, saying the state sentence could run concurrently with the federal sentence that DeBusk has already served.

District Attorney Michael Jackson said he is trying to determine if he can appeal Wiggins' order.

DeBusk and two others had also faced similar arson charges in Greene and Sumter counties.