TISHOMINGO COUNTY, Miss. (WLBT) - A Tishomingo County judge sentenced a former minister to 12 years in prison Thursday, WTVA reports.
Roy Steven Roberts, will serve 12 years after pleading guilty to folding and sexual battery.
Prosecutors recommended Roberts serve eight years, but Judge Paul Funderburk said he gave Stevens a harsher penalty because he denied guilt during the pre-sentence investigation.
Stevens later accepted responsibility for the crimes and asked for forgiveness.