Updated at 2:04pm MST
A Taos jury has just returned the following verdict in the State of New Mexico’s criminal case against the leader of the Lord Our Righteousness Church:
- Guilty of one count of criminal sexual contact of a minor.
- Guilty of two counts contrib. to del. of minor
- Not guilty on one count of sex contact
According to the Associated Press:
Following the verdict, Bent said that God had told him that he would be convicted.
“Just as Jesus, they convicted an innocent man,” he said. (AP)
The Associated Press also reports that Bent, 67, faces up to a dozen years in prison.
KOB-TV investigative reporter Jeremy Jojola reports that Bent will remain on house arrest.
Since the trial began one week ago, Jojola has been providing up-to-the minute updates on the case as a special correspondent to Beyond90Seconds.com.
Follow today’s events leading-up to the verdicts, here.
Read KOB-TV/Associated Press initial report of guilty verdicts.
START-TO-FINISH WAYNE BENT TRIAL COVERAGE:
Day 1: Updates on Wayne Bent case from Taos courthouse
Day 2: Reporter’s updates from Wayne Bent trial
Day 3: Reporter’s updates from Wayne Bent trial
Day 4: Reporter’s updates from Wayne Bent trial
Day 5: Reporter’s updates from Wayne Bent trial
Day 6: Reporter’s updates from Wayne Bent trial
AUDIO: New interview about developments in this case with filmmaker Ben Anthony. Anthony is shooting a new documentary for the National Geographic Channel.