Woman accused of arson says Vacaville pastor is responsible

11:44 AM, Jan 14, 2014   |    comments
Mark Lewis is accused of arson of a home with people inside, conspiracy and stalking. He was arrested Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014.
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SACRAMENTO - The people who police say were hired by a pastor to firebomb a house pleaded not guilty in court Monday, and one of them is pointing the finger at the pastor.

Vacaville pastor Mark Lewis is accused of paying to have his ex-girlfriend's house firebombed. He's been out on bond, but the three people he's accused of trying to hire are still in jail facing arson charges.

"He should be the one sitting here and not me," said Kristen Broyles. She spoke through a glass window from the Solano County Jail.

Broyles had some harsh words for Mark Lewis.

"He's a liar," she said. "He's the main reason for all of this."

She denied all the charges she faces and saids the pastor should be taking full responsibility for what happened.

"He's setting people up. He's manipulating people to do dirty things. How could a man of God do that?".

Broyles said she met the leader of Fellowship Baptist Church six months ago when she had no place to stay. She says he befriended her and two others and manipulated them to think he was in danger.

"He made us believe that he was the one being harassed. He was the one being stalked," Broyles said.

But the pastor's ex-girlfriend, Sarah Nottingham, said she's the one who feared for her life after breaking up with the pastor.

"I was basically told if I wasn't with him, then I created a monster and he would stop at nothing," Nottingham said.

On Sunday, Lewis was back in the pulpit. He denied any involvement with the attempted arson.

Broyles maintains the only person not telling the truth is the pastor.

"He just needs to come clean," she said.

Broyles said Lewis offered the other two suspects money but she had no idea what his intentions were.

"I don't even know who these people are, and I apologize for everybody's actions, but I don't know what was going on." she said.

Lewis will be in court later in January to face arson charges.

by Carlos Saucedo, CSaucedo@news10.net


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