Pastor, 2 Parishioners Plead Guilty to Beating Boy Who Was Forced to Dig His Own Grave

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Lonnie Remmers, Nicholas Craig and Darryl Jeter (left to right) (Credit: Corona Police Department)

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The pastor and two members of a Corona church pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges of beating and threatening the life of a 13-year-old boy, who was forced to dig his own grave, authorities said.

Lonny Lee Remmers, 56, Nicholas James Craig, 24, and Darryll Duane Jeter Jr., 30, tortured the boy in the church-run group home where he lived, according to a witness report in affidavits for search warrants.

Remmers was then the pastor of Heart of Worship Community Church and ran the group home where Craig, Jeter and the victim lived. It was unclear Monday whether Remmers was still the pastor.

The March 2012 incidents included Craig and Jeter driving the victim to the desert and forcing him to dig his own grave. They then made him get in and threw dirt on him. They were responding to Remmers’ instruction to “scare” the boy, according to the affidavits.

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