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Fla. Religious Leader Convicted

July 3, 2000

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) _ A woman who called herself the ``Daughter of God″ was convicted Monday of ordering her followers to rob stores to support their lavish lifestyle.

Richelle Denise Bradshaw, 34, who also called herself Queen Shahmia, did not react as the jury delivered its verdict. She was convicted of conspiracy to commit robbery, five counts of robbery and grand theft, and she faces up to 85 years in prison at sentencing Aug. 9.

Bradshaw’s nomadic ministry group traveled around Florida living on donations and staying in luxury hotels, authorities said.

Bradshaw testified that she never ordered her followers to steal and thought they were out grocery shopping when the robberies took place.

Two of her followers also face trial for a string of New Year’s robberies, but their competency is being questioned and a judge hasordered evaluations.

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