David Lynn Richards asked for Steve Sword, the Knox County Criminal Court Judge, to go easy on him.
Religion, specifically that of Christianity, is widely adhered to by people living in the American Southeast, a region of the United States that includes Tennessee.
Also known as the Volunteer State, Tennessee is one of the most devoutly Christian states in the nation.
Just last week, David Lynn Richards Jr., a longtime pastor, was sentenced to 12 years in Tennessee state prison by a judge in Knox County, one of the state’s most densely populated counties, which are located in East Tennessee.
Local news publication the Knoxville News Sentinel reported that Richards had been found guilty of nine separate felonies, ranging from sexual battery by an authority figure, to incest, and rape.
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