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DEVELOPING: Cult leader and ‘House of Prayer’ matriarch Anna Young enters a plea of no contest

Circuit Court judge orders change of plea hearing for Anna Young
Circuit Court judge orders change of plea hearing for Anna Young
Published: Feb. 17, 2021 at 10:15 AM EST
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Former cult leader of the ‘House of Prayer’ in Micanopy entered in her plea on Wednesday morning.

Anna Young entered a plea of no contest to a lesser charge of second-degree murder of Emon Harper, also known as “Baby Moses.”

She originally pleaded not guilty in 2017 to starving Harper to death.

Related story: Cult leader and ‘House of Prayer’ matriarch Anna Young charged with second homicide

Documents filed in Alachua County court Monday also added a charge of negligent manslaughter against her. She is accused of withholding medicine from Katonya Jackson, which lead to her death in November 1983.

A judge sentenced her to 30 years for the homicide charge and 15 years for manslaughter. She will serve the time concurrently. Young has already served 1177 days.

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