TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A pastor and two family members accused by police of robbing a Sunday school teacher at gunpoint at their Ohio church have pleaded no contest to reduced charges.
The Blade reports 50-year-old The Rev. Anthony Morris of Toledo’s St. Paul’s AME Zion Church entered a plea Thursday to misdemeanor assault. His wife, 46-year-old Zelda Morris, entered a plea to criminal endangering and their 18-year-old daughter, Kamali, to disorderly conduct.
The three faced aggravated robbery charges after police said Zelda Morris took items from the teacher’s purse during a confrontation in February.
Defense attorney Neil McElroy says the pastor’s wife and daughter only fought with the victim, and the pastor pulled the gun to break it up.
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Anthony and Zelda Morris could receive six months in jail during sentencing May 21.