The Virgin Mary Church was torched and looted by a
mob, some of whom chanted against Coptic Christians and called for Egypt to
become an "Islamic state," one of at least 42 churches and many more
businesses and homes targeted that August, the advocacy group Human Rights
In addition to those getting life sentences, two minors were
sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined 10,000 Egyptian pounds (about
$1,300), Egypt's official Egynews reported.
Some blamed the church and other attacks on supporters of
the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist movement that backed Mohamed Morsy.
sentenced to 20 years in prison earlier this month after being
convicted on charges related to violence outside the presidential palace in
December 2012. But he was acquitted of murder in the deaths of protesters.