Dallas County Minister Pleads Guilty to Rape, Incest Charges

A former minister has pleaded guilty to charges of rape and incest.

Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson says William Best received a 20-year sentence for rape and a 10-year sentence for incest on Monday.

Jackson tells the Selma Times Journal that the result gives some justice to the victim.

Best was the pastor of Living Waters Church in Valley Grande until April 2014 when he was arrested on sex charges involving a minor.

Best’s attorney P. Vaughan Russell says his client wanted to spare the victim a trial. Russell says Best also is not healthy and is losing his vision due to diabetes.

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