Church leaders are speaking out after one of the men accused of vandalizing ten Columbus churches in 2014, including their own, was sentenced this week.
Reginald Weeks Lewis pleaded guilty to more than ten charges Friday. He was sentenced to five years in prison and 15 years probation.
Preston Kennedy, who police say was an accomplice, was sentenced to two years in prison back in 2014 and 15 years probation as well. The Senior Pastor at Kingdom Awareness International in Columbus says he is thankful that justice was served. He says the suspects caused more than $13,000 in damages.
"We forgive them, we pray for them, we hold no animosity in our hearts towards them and we hope they will find somewhere in their hearts that they will forgive themselves and accept Christ so they won't be repeat offenders, “Apostle Lewis Clemons told News Leader Nine.
Clemons says almost every room in the church was vandalized from the sanctuary, to offices, the restrooms and even the church van.
He says they have since been able to repair all of the damage and replace what was stolen at the Columbus church.
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