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Man Gets 180 Days In Workhouse For Setting Church On Fire

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Tou Chai Lee, Faith Alliance Church, fire, arson

Police arrested 18-year-old Tou Chai Lee of Maplewood for setting fire to the Faith Alliance Church on Howard Avenue in St. Paul the evening of Nov. 12, 2010.

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 19-year-old Maplewood man was sentenced Thursday to serve 180 days in the Ramsey County workhouse after pleading guilty to setting a church on fire last November.

Tou Chai Lee was accused of setting fire to the Faith Alliance Church in St. Paul while his ex-girlfriend was inside it, according to a criminal complaint. Lee’s ex had filed a restraining order against him after he showed a pattern of erratic behavior, including criminal damage to property, slashing tires and burglaries.

Lee was also sentenced to 20 years of probation and must pay $9,500 in restitution to the church. He pleaded guilty to first-degree arson in July.

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