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Tennessee pastor David Lynn Richards Jr, facing 72 years in prison for repeatedly raping his adopted daughter, 14, jailed just 12 years, after his parishioners turn up in court to support him

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Tennessee pastor David Richards was found guilty of nine felony counts, including incest, and child rape
David Lynn Richards Jr, 41, was facing 72 years in prison for repeatedly raping his adopted daughter, 14
He was jailed for just 12 after dozens of parishioners show up to court to support him
At sentencing Judge Steve Sword cited longtime ministry and support he receives as mitigating factors
Judge Sword pointed to the fact he had started a Bible study for inmates 
His victim was 16 when she reported two years of abuse by her sole guardian
‘I wanted to throw my body away’, she said in an emotional victim’s impact statement 
Amber Richards chose to speak out publicly after the February verdicts
Authorities found her mattress stripped bare but say they recovered his DNA
Richards continues to maintain his innocence and seeks a new trial 

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