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Matt Pitt expected to be released on Palm Sunday

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Matt Pitt during a court appearance. (Source: WBRC video) Matt Pitt during a court appearance. (Source: WBRC video)
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

A local evangelist serving time for impersonating a peace officer may be released on Palm Sunday.

Officials with the Shelby County Jail confirmed that Matt Pitt may leave on April 13. They say inmates will be released between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m.

Pitt was arrested in August of 2013 by Birmingham police in connection to an incident where he allegedly claimed to be a Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy. The evangelist had previously been charged with impersonating a peace officer in May of 2012 in Shelby County and eventually pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. He received a 12-month suspended sentence and was placed on unsupervised probation for 2 years. The charges in Jefferson County were considered a violation of his probation and Pitt was forced to serve his 1-year suspended sentence.

Pitt's attorney, Brian Ritchey, released this statement on the expected released:

"We are excited about Matt's release from detention inShelby County on Palm Sunday and are mindful of the significance of this timeof year.  Matt has had a uniqueopportunity to reach many, many people who are in need of his energy andpassion for spreading the Good News.  Hefeels blessed to have had the opportunity to minister to them during hisincarceration.  But this episode needs toend and as a result we are withdrawing our Petition in Shelby County and arefocusing our efforts on clearing his name in Jefferson County.  We also have appreciation for the ShelbyCounty Sheriff's Office and Jail in how they have tried to accommodate Matt'sfamily, friends and his legal team.

Thefamily requests a few weeks of privacy once he is released so they can enjoythis time with him without distraction."

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