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      Matt Pitt, founder of 'The Basement', pleads guilty to impersonating a peace officer

      Matt Pitt's mugshot from his May 12 arrest. (Shelby County Jail)

      The youth evangelist behind a well-known local ministry entered a guilty plea in court today.

      Matt Pitt, the founder and leader of 'The Basement', pleaded guilty to attempting to impersonate a peace officer.{} The guilty plea came out of a preliminary hearing Wednesday morning.{} Pitt was sentenced to 2 years of unsupervised probation.{}

      Pitt, 28, was arrested on May 12 after flashing a badge and telling Calera Police that he was a deputy with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.{} He was originally pulled over for flashing blue lights at motorists on Interstate 65, forcing them to pull over before speeding past them.{} He was charged with a felony and taken to Shelby County Jail on $10,000 bond.

      Just a little over two weeks after his arrest on May 29, Pitt returned to his ministry to tell his followers "We're not perfect, we're only forgiven."

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