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Man gets probation in Mormon arson cases

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah man is getting probation after police say he crawled through the windows of two South Salt Lake Mormon church buildings last fall and set fire to furnishings.

Judge Judith Atherton ordered 27-year-old Patrick Adam Ehat to spend three years on probation, complete mental health counseling and pay restitution. Ehat pleaded guilty to arson charges last week.

Authorities say Ehat spread a liquid fuel on the sacrament table, podium, organ and piano in one building, and ignited a couch in the other.

Ehat reportedly told police he felt the Mormon church lied to him.

The Deseret News reports that Ehat's childhood friends say he served on a church mission in Brazil.

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