Matt Pitt released from jail Sunday

COLUMBIANA, Ala. (WIAT) — Youth evangelist and leader of The Basement ministries Matt Pitt was released from the Shelby County Jail at 6:00 a.m. Sunday Morning.

About 20 family members and friends were at the jail to greet Pitt upon his release after eight months.

Pitt was noticeably happy to be free, joking about being outside and seeing a yard as he walked to his car with his wife, Maegan.

Once in his car, Pitt rolled down the window to tell those who came out Sunday morning thank you and that he loved them.

Brian Ritchey, Pitt’s attorney, did offer this statement:

“On behalf of Matt and his family, we want to thank all his supporters that have stood by him during this difficult time. This has been a long period for him, eight months sitting in jail. A lot of people could have sat languished during this time. Matt didn’t. He spent a lot of his time, most of his time, ministering to others using his unique style to make an impact and make a change in other people’s lives.”

Pitt does still have an impending charge in Jefferson County, but the district attorney has not moved on that yet.

“We stand ready and willing if that is necessary to defend him and to clear his name,” Ritchey said.

Pitt was sentenced to serve 10 months in jail in October for violation of his parole on charges of impersonating a police officer in 2012. That violation stemmed from a disagreement over a BB gun found in a wooded area of Jefferson County in June 2013.

Copyright 2014 WIAT-CBS42

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