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Murder suspect turns himself into police after spiritual counseling

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PROVIDENCE -

It's not what you think of as typical work for a man of the cloth.

Pastor Sherrod Jones of the Victory Outreach Center in Providence helped a murder suspect from Georgia turn himself in to police. "Whatever I can do to help someone, that's my job as pastor," Jones told NBC 10.

Julius Ryan Thomas was wanted for the murder of a cab driver in Clayton County, Georgia last month.

Pastor Jones says he received a call from one of his parishioners who had been contacted by Thomas' family in Georgia.

They said Thomas was staying with other family in Providence and wanted help getting Thomas to turn himself in. "Knowing the kind of work I do in the community as a pastor, trusted me to be able to bring him in. He seemed like a good kid to me because he was ready to go. He came. We actually did a prayer with him. I prayed with him and we went to the police station," says Jones.

Jones had called Providence Police Chief Col. Hugh Clements to let him know that he'd be bringing Thomas in. The pastor brought the suspect to Providence Public Safety Complex Wednesday night.

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