Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 25, 2013

Va. ex-minister pleads guilty to lying to FBI


Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. — A former minister in Chesterfield County has pleaded guilty to lying to an FBI agent during a hate crime investigation.

Court documents show that Olander Cuthrell received a six-month sentence after entering his plea Monday in U.S. District Court in Richmond. The federal sentence will run concurrently with a two-year state sentence on arson charges.

Prosecutors say the 42-year-old Cuthrell set fire to his front porch and car in March and claimed it was a hate crime.

Cuthrell, who is black, also was accused of spray-painting a racial slur on two sides of his rental home to bolster his claim.

He pleaded guilty to the state arson charges in July.

He is a former minister of music at Gospel Shepherd Baptist Church.