Man who claimed God told him to set homes on fire sentenced

A man who in May allegedly told police “God told him to” set two Killona residences on fire — including his own — was sentenced to serve two years in prison.

Eli Davis, 30, pleaded guilty to two counts of simple arson and was sentenced to serve his two year sentence immediately, while receiving credit for time served.

According to court records, St. Charles Parish investigators determined Davis set fire to his own residence at 235 Killona Drive and another home at 133 Adams St., where his father had recently resided before moving out prior to the incident. The two addresses are located approximately 100 feet apart. The Killona Drive home was rendered a total loss after the incident, while the Adams St. location suffered minor damage.

Eli Davis

He was arrested after Killona firefighters contacted St. Charles Parish police and indicated they believed Davis may have had involvement in setting the two fires. Davis apparently told firefighters of the Adams St. fire while firefighters attended to the Killona Drive fire, arousing suspicion.

When the first St. Charles Sheriff’s deputy arrived at the Killona Drive scene, he reported he saw the residence “engulfed in flames” according to the arrest report.

Investigators determined Davis had set the fires intentionally by setting a piece of paper on fire at his Killona Drive home and by setting mail on fire on Adams Street. According to the case’s arrest report, Davis admitted to police he used a lighter to start the fires.

Upon his sentencing, Davis was ordered by the court to continue jail based mental health treatment.

He has begun serving his sentence at Nelson Coleman Correctional Center.


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