BROOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- A central Michigan church pastor accused of beating and strangling a young woman spent years in prison and has a record of violence.

The state Corrections Department says John D. White was denied parole several times while serving a sentence for manslaughter in the death of a Kalamazoo County woman. He was released from prison in 2007 after nearly 12 years.

In the early 1980s, White was accused of choking and stabbing a 17-year-old girl in Battle Creek. Prisons spokesman Russ Marlan says White was sentenced to at least five years in prison but got probation after an appeal.

White is pastor of Christ Community Fellowship, a tiny congregation west of Mount Pleasant. He's charged with first-degree murder in the death of Rebekah Gay.Click here to read that story.