Saturday, November 14, 2009

Evangelist Tony Alamo Sentenced To 175 Years On Mann Act Charges

Evangelist Tony Alamo, a self-proclaimed prophet and church leader, was sentenced by an Arkansas federal judge on Friday to 175 years in prison and $250,000 in fines on ten Mann Act counts charging him with taking young girls across state lines for sex. AP reports that a hearing is scheduled in January on whether his five victims are entitled to restitution as well. Alamo purported to marry each of the five victims while they were minors. In sentencing Alamo, Judge Harry F. Barnes told him: "Mr. Alamo, one day you will face a higher and a greater judge than me. May he have mercy on your soul." FBI and Arkansas state troopers raided Alamo's Arkansas compound last year. (See prior posting.) Prosecutors will work with federal prison officials to prevent Alamo from controlling his ministry and its businesses from prison.