2 St. Lucians plead guilty in fatal church attack

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Associated Press

Posted on February 5, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 5 at 9:34 AM

CASTRIES, St. Lucia (AP) — Two men in St. Lucia have pleaded guilty to manslaughter while facing a new trial for setting worshippers on fire and killing a nun and priest during a New Year's Eve Mass in 2000.

Kim John and Francis Philip are scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 13. They no longer face the death penalty because murder convicts whose appeals last longer than five years receive only life sentences.

The men were retried after Britain's Privy Council upheld an argument that they were insane. The council is the highest court of appeal for many former Caribbean colonies.

Police said the men told them they were Rastafarian prophets sent by God to fight corruption in the Catholic Church.

The crimes are considered one of the most heinous in the history of the eastern Caribbean island.

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