CHESTERFIELD, Va. — A Petersburg minister has pleaded guilty to setting his rental home on fire.
Forty-one-year-old Olander D. Cuthrell faces at least five years in prison when he's sentenced Oct. 31.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Cuthrell pleaded guilty Tuesday in Chesterfield County Circuit Court to a felony arson charge. He had pleaded guilty in June to a misdemeanor arson charge stemming from a vehicle fire.
Cuthrell, who is black, had claimed that he was the victim of a hate crime.
Chesterfield County prosecutor Laura Khawaja says Cuthrell painted racist graffiti on his house and his front porch.
Cuthrell is a minister of music at Good Shepherd Baptist Church in Petersburg.