GATESVILLE, Texas (AP) — A former Central Texas minister has been sentenced to 30 years in prison in a plea deal over a 2011 mobile home fire that left his wife dead.
David Keith Allen of Gatesville pleaded guilty Wednesday to arson causing death.
The 51-year-old ex-leader of New Life Church of Restoration in Gatesville faced trial on a capital murder charge and possible life in prison if convicted. Prosecutors weren’t seeking the death penalty over the fire that claimed the life of 54-year-old Paula Allen.
Coryell County District Attorney Dustin Boyd says proving arson against Allen, who had a $250,000 insurance policy on his wife, would have been difficult.
Perjury charges against a woman Allen later married were dropped in his plea deal.
Allen must serve 15 years before he’s eligible for parole.
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