President of National Baptist Convention Rev. Henry Lyons Resigns After Criminal Conviction

President of National Baptist Convention Rev. Henry Lyons Resigns After Criminal Conviction

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Rev. Henry J. Lyons, president of the National Baptist Convention, resigns after he is convicted of grand theft and racketeering. At first he had claimed he was innocent and that the charges were racially motivated, but he will later sign a plea deal where he admits guilt for taking more than $4 million from the National Baptist Convention.

Henry J. Lyons will be sentenced to five and a half years in prison and will be released on probation in four. In 2009 he tries to once again become president of the National Baptist Convention, but he's defeated in the election.

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