Prosecutors offer deal to pastor who defied COVID restrictions
BATON ROUGE - A pastor who was arrested after he repeatedly refused to abide by COVID-19 safety restrictions in the early days of the pandemic was offered a deal that would put an end to his protracted legal battle.
On Monday, East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore confirmed that his office offered pastor Tony Spell a deal that would drop all but one of the charges against him. The deal would also mandate that Spell pleaded no contest to that remaining charge.
Spell was booked last year on six charges after he continually held large gatherings at Life Tabernacle Church.
It's unclear at this time whether Spell intends to take the offer.
Last year, a judge in East Baton Rouge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Spell against state and local officials over the restrictions.
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