JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The former pastor of a Mississippi religious enclave has died in prison, years after being convicted of sexually abusing a teenage boy.
The state Department of Corrections says 83-year-old David Earl King died Thursday night in the hospital of the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. An autopsy will be done.
King once operated Valley of the Kings in southern Mississippi’s Walthall County, which he called an “independent holiness church.” When he was arrested, about 30 people lived on the 58-acre compound, with family members in a large ranch-style house and others in trailers. Children attended school in the church basement.
King was sentenced in 2001 for sexual battery, conspiracy to commit a crime and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was sentenced in 2002 for sales tax evasion.
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