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UPDATE: Matt Pitt to stay behind bars after probation revoked in Shelby County

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COLUMBIANA, AL -

A Shelby County judge has ordered that youth evangelist Matt Pitt remain behind bars for the next 10 months.

Probation for the founder of Christian youth ministry The Basement had his probation revoked today, after a two-hour hearing that included testimony from four witnesses.

Pitt is charged with impersonating a peace officer in Jefferson County, while he was on probation for pleading guilty to the same charge in Shelby County in 2012.

Today's hearing focused on the Jefferson County allegations from June, as well as his conduct the night he was arrested shortly after an interview with Alabama's 13.

"He had drugs in his system.  But he also had numerous prescriptions for drugs.  The question better asked is whether or not the drugs in his system were taken as therapeutic doses, in other words, were they overtaken," Shelby County District Attorney Robbie Owens said.

"Matt did have prescription drugs in his system that night," Bowman said. "There was no illegal substances, I have a copy of the drug test. Everything that he had was his prescription, none of it was being abused."

"That single interview and his words, are what ignited all this. If that not have happened, we might have seen a different result," Bowman said. 

Judge Dan Reeves ordered Pitt to finish out his one year jail sentence, but gave him credit for time served. That means since Pitt has been sitting in the Shelby County Jail for two months, he could get out in 10 months, or less for good behavior.

Pitt's parents appeared at the courthouse for the hearing, as well as a group of Pitt's supporters, wearing Free Pitt shirts.

 

Youth minister of "The Basement" arrested for impersonating a peace officer (May 17, 2012)

Plea agreement accepted in Matt Pitt police impersonation case (Sept. 26, 2012)

Matt Pitt of The Basement charged again for impersonating a police officer (Aug. 16, 2013)

RAW VIDEO: Matt Pitt discusses The Basement and his legal problems (Aug. 20, 2013)

The Basement's Matt Pitt bonds out of Jefferson County jail; held in Shelby County (Aug. 20, 2013)

Matt Pitt being held without bond in Shelby Co. Jail (Aug. 21, 2013)

The Basement's Matt Pitt suffered broken leg after 45-foot cliff jump during police pursuit (Aug. 23, 2013)

Basement releases statement after Pitt arrest (Aug. 26, 2013)

Matt Pitt hearing scheduled for new officer impersonation charge  (Aug. 29, 2013)

Hearing set for Basement Youth Evangelist Matt Pitt (Aug. 30, 2013)

13 INVESTIGATES: Matt Pitt's badge (Sept. 5, 2013)

Records show Matt Pitt used separate 'honorary' badges (Sept. 20, 2013)

Matt Pitt supporters rally outside Shelby Co. Jail asking to free jailed pastor (Sept. 26, 2013)

Prosecutor: Matt Pitt told jail employees he worked for Sheriff Mike Hale (Sept. 30, 2013)

"Free Pitt" schedules demonstrations against evangelist Matt Pitt's imprisonment across Southeast (Oct. 2, 2013)

Matt Pitt's probation hearing happens Tuesday morning in Shelby County (Oct. 14, 2013)

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