Louisa woman pleads guilty to arson, burglary

Press release from Louisa Chief Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney

LOUISA, VA - Commonwealth's Attorney Tom Garrett announced today that Felica Armstrong, 51, from Mineral entered pleas of guilty to arson and burglary of St. John Baptist Church in Louisa County.

Armstrong's husband Curtis Roy is currently incarcerated following convictions in the Louisa Circuit Court.  While her husband was incarcerated the defendant struck up a relationship with a Firefighter.

When her interests were not returned she set fire to the Firefighter's church that resulted in over $22,000 in damage.  When interviewed by Detective Scott Renalds of the Louisa County Sheriff's Office she denied involvement in the arson.  Later when 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.  Her efforts to obtain attention of her love interest were misguided, criminal and absolutely wrong."

The defendant faces 30 years in prison when she will be sentenced on July 18, 2011 at 9:00 a.m.