Vacaville pastor to face trial on arson, stalking allegations

By From page A1 | July 04, 2014

The Rev. Mark W. Lewis

The Rev. Mark W. Lewis

FAIRFIELD — A Vacaville church pastor has been ordered to stand trial on felony charges of stalking, arson and possessing an incendiary device.

Mark W. Lewis is accused of recruiting one of his followers to harass and frighten a Vacaville woman who broke up with Lewis in December 2013 after a one-year relationship. The follower, Anthony Newbolt, allegedly enlisted the help of his girlfriend, Kristen Broyles, and a fellow ex-con, Richerd J. Wright, according to police testimony at a court hearing earlier this week.

Vacaville police arrested Lewis and the three others after the Jan. 9 firebombing of his ex-girlfriend’s Vacaville home. The trio were arrested as they drove away from the house fire. Lewis was arrested the next day. A search of his home and his church, Fellowship Baptist Church, turned up methamphetamine and an illegal gun.

Lewis’ attorney, Denis Honeychurch, repeatedly impugned the character of Newbolt, Broyles and Wright at a probable cause hearing Thursday, calling them liars and saying they were in cahoots with one another other as Lewis’ accusers. Honeychurch also had unkind words for Lewis’ ex-girlfriend.

In the days between the breakup with Lewis and the firebombing, the girlfriend’s car was vandalized twice and a small fire erupted in her backyard. Four days before the firebombing, the ex-girlfriend got a restraining order against Lewis, according to police testimony at the hearing.

Another member of Lewis’ church told police he had talked with Lewis a few days before the firebombing and had gone to the church, where he gave a tutorial on how to make and use Molotov cocktails.

The hearing ended with Lewis being ordered to return to court July 18 to be arraigned on the felony charges.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • Eye WitnessJuly 04, 2014 - 3:06 am

    Defense attorneys! Lowest form of scum on the earth. Everyone is fair game to them. Everyone except their god fearing, saint of a client! Good job VVPD. Send this POS to prison so that society can feel safe again. But always be vigilant of those slimy poisonous snakes that wear business suits cAlling themselves defense attorneys! They are everywhere.

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  • S.WilsonJuly 04, 2014 - 8:39 am

    I hope this guy gets to rot in prison!! The victim and her family deserves justice in this case. I hope the judicial system does not let her and her family down and they get justice !! He was a church leader whom so many trusted! This guy is a complete nut and he deserves to rot in prison!!

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  • PornacJuly 04, 2014 - 9:42 am

    Now this is my kind of church. Bombs, not god.

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  • BSJuly 04, 2014 - 10:16 am

    He hasn't been convicted yet. Still time for them to screw it up. Hey eye witness, check out the victims checkered past!!!

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  • BobJuly 04, 2014 - 10:40 am

    Funny how criminals forget the first rule, never hire someone to do the crime for you, they'll roll so fast to get a reduced sentenced you wouldn't believe it. Unless you plan on getting rid of loose ends

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  • tired of your conversationJuly 04, 2014 - 1:03 pm

    You are one creepy M F, Bobby.

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  • B JJuly 05, 2014 - 3:45 pm

    Its sad but Come July 18th guarantee there will be a delay just like all the rest of the cases going through the courts system.

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  • S.WilsonJuly 05, 2014 - 3:54 pm

    Yep! Its sickening how long cases get postponed . The defendants become the "victims" and the real "victims" just wait and hope justice will eventually be served. I swear defendants have more rights than the actual "victims".

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  • B JJuly 06, 2014 - 1:23 pm

    S.wilson that is so true sad that WE the victims have no rights. For example there was a relative that came to my house and was drunk, and it through a rock at my car window and chipped it and I call the cops cause I saw them do it. The cops came out and asked what happen and they told me that they couldn't do any thing about it.they might in other county's but not here (unless you are dieing)And i said WHAT he damage my car and he was drunk. The cop said all we(cop)could do is give him a stern talking to. So i told the cop that if i went and damage my sister car you guys wont arrest me even though 2 people saw it and he said yes .what a complete joke this county has come to not arresting the idiots. Especially when you see it with you own eye's

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  • General Fadi BasemJuly 07, 2014 - 8:16 pm

    In the July 3 2014 DR an article appeared entitled "Role in bank heist earns Solano man federal prison sentence." It seems that Kevin Buford was involved in a bank robbery in Pinole in March 2013. Mr. Buford was rewarded for his efforts with a 90 month federal prison sentence. March 2013 to July 2014 is about 16 months. Recently a defendant who was found guilty of a murder by a Solano County jury spent 14 months WAITING TO BE SENTENCED FOR HIS CRIME. Something is seriously wrong with the California criminal justice system.

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