Two church elders ‘disfellowshipped’

Great Falls Tribune, May 26, 2003

DEER LODGE — The Jehovah’s Witness church has “disfellowshipped” two former church elders who were sentenced recently for defrauding a woman out of her $6.5 million life savings.

Darryl Willis of Helena and Dale Erickson of Missoula were sentenced to 15 years in prison for conspiracy, theft and securities fraud.

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“Disfellowshipped” individuals are not only expelled from the church, but are also ostracized by other church members, a church official said.

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