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Woman Admits to Burning Church of Failed Love Interest

Felica Armstrong Timeline of Incidents:

- Jan. 1-7: Firewood pile burned, causing damage to a shed beside the firewood belonging to neighbor of suspect.

- Jan. 9: Privacy fence burned belonging to another neighbor of suspect.

- Jan. 15: Storage shed completely destroyed by fire, belonging to same neighbor whose fence was damaged.

- Jan. 19: St. John Baptist Church; member discovered damage from three fires set within the preceding few days.

- Jan. 24: Suspect arrested on two counts felony arson, two counts misdemeanor arson, one count breaking and entering to commit arson.

May 9, 2011

Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Garrett announced Monday that 51-year-old Felica Armstrong, of Mineral, pleaded guilty to arson and burglary of St. John Baptist Church in the 5400 block of Zachary Taylor Highway in Louisa County.

Armstrong’s husband, Curtis Roy, is currently incarcerated following convictions in the Louisa Circuit Court. While he was in jail, Armstrong reportedly struck up a relationship with a firefighter. However, when her interests were not returned she set fire to the man’s church.

The Louisa County Sheriff's Office responded to reports of a suspicious fire at the church the morning of Jan. 19. A church member checking the property discovered damage from three fires at the property. Two additional small, recent and suspicious neighborhood fires were brought to the attention of authorities while investigating this case.

All other charges save the single counts of burglary and arson were dropped before Monday's hearing.

When interviewed by Detective Scott Renalds of the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office, Armstrong denied involvement in the arson. When later confronted with physical evidence placing her at the scene, she changed her story.

On speaking about her convictions Garrett said “I cannot conceive why someone would burn any building much less a place of worship. [Felica Armstrong's] efforts to obtain attention of her love interest were misguided, criminal and absolutely wrong.”

The fire resulted in more than $22,000 in damage. Armstrong will be sentenced on July 18 at 9am. She faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.

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