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Former pastor pleads guilty, sentenced to 20 years in plea deal

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Richardson at his trial Tuesday November 12. Richardson at his trial Tuesday November 12.
ST GEORGE, SC -

The trial of former pastor Dale Richardson took an interesting turn Wednesday afternoon when he plead guilty to 3 charges of kidnapping, 2 charges of criminal sexual conduct in the 1st degree and 1 charge sexual battery.

In the middle of the second day in Dale Richardson's trial it ended.  After a break for lunch Richardson entered a plea of guilty. 

Richardson was sentence to 20 years for all charges, against three women, in the negotiated plea deal. 

On Tuesday the defense talked of sexual fantasies and sin while prosecution pointed fingers calling Richardson a sex predator. The first half of Wednesday was about phone records, as an analyst from Verizon took the stand.

The prosecution is using phone records to help pin Richardson to the set up and alleged kidnapping and sexual assault of a prostitute back on July 27 of 2011.

Richardson's defense attorney Andy Savage said the records are weak attempt to pin specific calls and texts between Richardson's phone and the alleged victim's.

After a long series of questions and answers Savage did note that on July 11 2011 there was a call from the phone thought to be used by the victim to Richardson, but records indicate there was no conversation that took place between the two.

The phone records did show that on July 27 there were text messages between the phones showing something was being set up.

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