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Matt Pitt supporters disappointed at court decision, plan to carry on The Basement ministry

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SHELBY COUNTY, AL -

Outside the Shelby County Courthouse, dozens of Matt Pitt supporters gathered, hoping this would be the day that their pastor would be set free.

But that was not the case.

"I mean, I'm just shocked," said Larry Pitt, Matt Pitt's father.

"It's just a sad day. Matt never tried to harm anyone. We just regret that he ever took that badge," Pitt's mother Missy Pitt said.

Matt Pitt will spend at least the next 10 months in jail. It's a punishment his attorney Daniel Boman says doesn't fit the crime.

"Matt is not a bad guy, he's certainly not a felon. So, this is just a waste of time and taxpayers money," Boman said.

But Shelby County District Attorney Robbie Owen doesn't agree. He says with the actions surrounding Pitt's probation violation, he had no other choice.

"He's not in the position to conduct a ministry in my judgement at this time. So, I didn't think I had any other choice except to file a motion to revoke his probation and we did," Owen explained.

With Pitt remaining in jail, questions surround the future of his ministry. The main one being how can the basement move forward without their leader.

Missy Pitt says the answer to that is easy.

"You can't stop the gospel, It's 2,000 years old, you can't stop the gospel. It's not built on a man, it's built on Jesus Christ," she said.

Pitt's family and supporters say they're moving forward with The Basement ministry and continuing their mission to "Free Pitt." 

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

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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)

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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)

UPDATE: Matt Pitt to stay behind bars after probation revoked in Shelby County (Oct. 15, 2013)

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