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Matt Pitt, founder of 'The Basement', pleads guilty to impersonating a peace officer

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Matt Pitt's mugshot from his May 12 arrest. (Shelby County Jail) Matt Pitt's mugshot from his May 12 arrest. (Shelby County Jail)
JEFFERSON COUNTY - AL -

The youth evangelist behind a well-known local ministry entered a guilty plea in court today.

Matt Pitt, the founder and leader of 'The Basement', pleaded guilty to attempting to impersonate a peace officer.  The guilty plea came out of a preliminary hearing Wednesday morning.  Pitt was sentenced to 2 years of unsupervised probation. 

Pitt, 28, was arrested on May 12 after flashing a badge and telling Calera Police that he was a deputy with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.  He was originally pulled over for flashing blue lights at motorists on Interstate 65, forcing them to pull over before speeding past them.  He was charged with a felony and taken to Shelby County Jail on $10,000 bond.

Just a little over two weeks after his arrest on May 29, Pitt returned to his ministry to tell his followers "We're not perfect, we're only forgiven."

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