Church Burglar Gets Two Year Prison Sentence

September 11, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

A man who broke into an Alexandria church in June appeared for sentencing in DeKalb County Criminal Court Monday.

Judge Gary McKenzie presided.

21 year old Isaiah Sutherland entered a plea to one count of burglary and received a two year sentence to serve in the Tennessee Department of Correction. The sentence is to run concurrently with another DeKalb County sentence he is serving. He was given jail credit from June 26 through September 10, 2018. Sutherland is under a retraining order to keep away from the West Main Baptist Church in Alexandria.

Sutherland broke into the church on June 24 but didn’t take anything except for maybe a soft drink and caused some vandalism.

According to Chief Chris Russell the Alexandria Police Department conducted an investigation and identified Sutherland as a suspect. He was arrested the day following the break-in. Chief Russell said Sutherland had broken into the same church before in 2015.