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Pastor sentenced in embezzlement case

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:56 AM

Etheridge Henry Moore was sentenced Tuesday to up to 20 years in prison. He served as pastor at Heritage Baptist Church near Kentwood.

Moore asked the court for "mercy."

Police began investigating the case in July. Moore turned himself in to church leadership and asked they contact police about his actions.

Church members eventually submitted several letters displaying their hope and support for Moore's future.

Moore must pay $320,000 in restitution. That will cover an estimated $316,000 loss and about $4,000 the church spent on accounting services.

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