Pastor Michael Bryant, who leads the Hour of Restoration COGIC in Memphis, will plead guilty to a sexual battery charged and the church will shut down, WMCTV reports.
Defense attorney Art Horne says he and the prosecution worked out a plea agreement in a “criminal information” that will be brought before a judge in criminal court. As part of the deal, Horne says Bryant will plead guilty to sexual battery by an authority figure in exchange for a six year sentence to be served at 30 percent. Horne says Bryant will ask for probation.
“We’re hoping that some good can come out of this, particularly getting this behind the family and allowing people some time to heal and move on,” Horne told Action News 5.
Horne says Hour of Restoration COGIC, a small church with 27 members, will shut down for good as of December 31, 2013. Bryant remains locked up at 201 Poplar on $1 million bond.