Updated:CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Dozens of people outside the Mecklenburg County jail Wednesday night demanded a North Carolina pastor be released.
Officials said Jose Armando Siliezar-Sevilla lied on an application about his criminal past and is in the country illegally.
His friends and family want him released because they say he's being treated poorly.
The group rallying said he's had a toe amputated while locked up because of diabetes complications.
The group also said the Johnston County pastor was trying to change his immigration status.
Read more top trending stories on wsoctv.com:
Dozens rally uptown for release of jailed pastor
Alcohol a factor in violent I-85 crash that left 1 hospitalized, troopers say
Gastonia landscaper tops BBB's 'Dirty Half-Dozen' list
Clinton promises steady hand in dangerous world
Internet star Hayes Grier hurt in crash, brother Nash asks for prayers