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175-Year Sentence For Evangelist Alamo On Sex Crimes Convictions

Convicted over the summer of taking five underage girls across state lines to have sex with them, evangelist Tony Alamo was today sentenced to 175 years in prison by a judge in Texarkana, Ark.

"May (God) have mercy on your soul," U.S. District Judge Harry Barnes told Alamo, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.

Alamo, 75, is a one-time clothing entrepreneur. The victims testified they were taken as "child brides" by the evangelist.