Vacaville Pastor Sentenced To Prison For Role In Firebombing Ex-Girlfriend’s Home
The ex-pastor of a Vacaville Baptist Church was sentenced to eight years in state prison on February 18 for masterminding the firebombing of a home in Vacaville in which his ex-girlfriend, several children and other family members were sleeping back on January 9, 2014.
The ex-Reverend Mark W. Lewis, who had ministered to the Fellowship Baptist Church in Vacaville for several years, elected to take a plea deal on the second day of his jury trial in January of this year. He thus avoided a possible 14-year sentence, had the jury convicted him. For his part in the agreement, Lewis pleaded no contest to felony arson and stalking charges.
Three suspects were arrested a short time after the firebombing, which caused no injuries. Investigators suspected that Lewis had promised to pay them $400 to throw Molotov cocktails into the home.
The firebombing climaxed a string of vandalism incidents at the home that began soon after the ex-girlfriend terminated her relationship with Lewis.