8/31/2005 | Share this article:
BY NATASHA KORECKI Federal Courts Reporter
They just heard that the bishop who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from their church was headed for prison.
But it was as if they had been told a family member had died.
They held hands, sobbed, hugged and broke into song and prayer as the news of William Ellis' prison sentence swept over the sea of congregants that stuffed into a federal courtroom and overflowed into a courthouse hallway Tuesday.
They later stood in line to pay their tearful respects to Ellis, 62, former bishop of the Apostolic Pentecostal Church of Morgan Park, who was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
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