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Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 8:20 am, Fri Nov 22, 2013.

GATESVILLE — David Keith Allen, the former Gatesville pastor charged with capital murder in the March 2011 death of his wife in a mobile home fire, on Wednesday pleaded no contest to the lesser charge of “arson causing death,” was convicted by the court and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Allen, 51, was set to go to trial Feb. 24 for the murder of Paula Allen, 54, whose body was found in the couple’s mobile home, which was destroyed in a fire that investigators later said was intentionally set.

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