HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A man who pleaded guilty to rape wants part of his plea agreement removed. The reason? Anthony Lawrence Ferrari says he’s formed a good relationship with Jesus. A judge sentenced Ferrari to 20 years in prison, but suspended 15 of those years. Ferrari served only five.
Ferrari is not upset with how much time he served. He no longer wants to do what he was told to do on probation.
Ferrari feels his relationship formed with God and the knowledge he’s gained through counseling, performed on his own, in prison and church changed his life. He no longer wants to do the treatment a judge ordered as part of a plea agreement.
Judge Karen Hall first heard Ferrari’s case in 2007. Ferrari faced several sex abuse charges for having sexual intercourse with a teenager. A guilty plea for rape put the 38-year-old, at the time, in prison.
“He took religious classes in prison. He also took classes regarding sex offender`s stuff,” said Attorney John Butler.
Butler did not represent Ferrari during trial. He’s helping Ferrari now due to both attending the same church.
Ferrari and his previous lawyer agreed to a five-year prison term, probation and required treatment classes as part of a plea agreement. Ferrari now wants to drop those classes.
“The treatment is necessary. Our office believes the treatment is necessary to protect the children of Madison County,” said Madison County Assistant District Attorney Gabrielle Helix.
Judge Hall heard Ferrari’s reasons.
“He feels like he is cured. I guess that may not be the right term, but he feels like he is better at this point,” added Butler.
Prosecutors told WHNT NEWS 19 Ferrari forced the young girl to have sex 2-3 times a week for at least a year. They want Ferrari to keep seeking professional treatment.
“It was a negotiated plea agreement. We`d like to think, if we negotiated a plea agreement, those conditions will stand,” added Helix.
Judge Hall ordered Ferrari to seek professional treatment instead of the treatment he’s been getting on his own.