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Shelby County Judge rejects another motion in the Matt Pitt case

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Shelby County Judge Dan Reeves has denied another motion filed by embattled youth evangelist Larry 'Matt' Pitt.

On Friday, lawyer Brian Ritchey had asked Judge Reeves to either reconsider his order to revoke Pitt's probation or assign the case a Circuit Court case number to allow Pitt to properly appeal the probation revocation.

Then on Monday, Judge Reeves rejected Pitt's 'motion to set aside' because, "This court has no jurisdiction to grant the relief requested."

In October, Reeves revoked Pitt's probation after hearing testimony about impersonating a peace officer charges in Jefferson County. 

He's accused of allegedly presenting an honorary deputy badge to Grayson Valley resident Brandon Vessell who confronted Pitt about an abandoned rifle.

After revoking his probation, Judge Reeves ordered Pitt to finish out the one year jail sentence he received last fall for pleading guilty for attempting to impersonate a peace officer.

In the motion he filed Friday, Ritchey argued that evidence presented at October's probation revocation hearing contradicted testimony heard at Pitt's preliminary hearing in Jefferson County last month and that, "Using such phantom charges against the Defendant is spurious at best and strains the legitimacy of the charges against the Defendant as well as the reasons to revoke his probation."

Judge Reeves has already denied one motion to reconsider filed by Pitt's attorney, citing 'operation of law'.

Since Pitt has been sitting in the Shelby County Jail since August and was given credit for time served, the Basement Ministries founder could get out of jail as early as this spring on good behavior, according to Shelby County District Attorney Robbie Owens.

Pitt is still awaiting the outcome of his officer impersonation case being presented to the Jefferson County Grand Jury.
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