TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - Jailed evangelist Tony Alamo has filed a motion to vacate his 175-year prison sentence for sex crimes.
Alamo argues that his trial lawyers made serious errors and that his appellate attorney inadequately handled his case. In 2009, a jury convicted Alamo of five counts of taking minors across state lines for sex. The 77-year-old evangelist is serving his sentence at a federal lockup in Marion, Ill.
The Texarkana Gazette reports (http://is.gd/HWhHh9) that Alamo claims his attorneys should have objected more at trial so jurors wouldn't hear testimony about alleged beatings, child labor violations, polygamy and tax evasion.
A federal appeals court has affirmed Alamo's conviction and sentence and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case.
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