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Former minister heads to prison

June 10, 2019 

A former minister was sentenced to ten years in prison Monday for stealing more than $800,000 from Houston First Baptist Church, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.

“There was a sad abuse of trust,” Assistant District Attorney Lester Blizzard said. “People looked up to him, and now he is being held accountable for his actions.”

Jerrell Altic, 40, pleaded guilty to a first-degree felony of Aggregate Theft.

He used the church’s money for among other things, groceries, overseas travel with his family, and tuition for a doctoral degree from Lancaster Bible College, according to court records.

Blizzard said Altic had been cooperative with authorities and repaid more than $500,000.