TEXARKANA, AR (KSLA) – Evangelist Tony Alamo has been sentenced to 175 years in federal prison for child sex convictions.
The sentence was handed down Friday morning in Texarkana. Alamo was convicted on a 10 count indictment for taking children across state lines for sex.
KSLA News 12's Jeff Ferrell was in court for the sentencing and says that after the judge sentenced Alamo, Alamo still insisted that he was an innocent man who had become victim of religious persecution.
U.S. District Judge Harry F. Barnes listened to testimony from three of Alamo's child "brides" before giving Alamo the maximum time allowed by federal guidelines. He told Alamo that he will one day face "a greater judge," and said "may (God) have mercy on your soul."
Alamo's doctor, according to Ferrell warned the judge that Alamo is a sick man and a long sentence could mean that Alamo dies in prison.
Many who came down to the courthouse Friday morning for the sentencing had mixed reactions. We're told some people still considered Alamo a 'prophet' while others say 'he reaped what he sowed.'
Another hearing is set for Jan. 13 to determine whether Alamo's victims will get restitution.