Former Genesee County priest dies while serving jail sentence

WJRT-TV, ABC-12 [Flint MI]

January 26, 2024

By Ryan Jeltema

Former Catholic priest Vincent DeLorenzo died Friday morning while serving a one-year sentence at the Genesee County Jail.

FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) – A former Flint-area priest serving a one-year jail sentence for a child sex crime died in custody Friday morning.

Vincent DeLorenzo pleaded guilty last April to one count of attempted first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a young male attending a funeral service at Holy Redeemer Parish in Burton in the 1980s.

He was about halfway through his one-year sentence at the Genesee County Jail when his attorney, Mike Manley, says DeLorenzo became ill last weekend. Authorities transferred DeLorenzo to an area hospital, where he died Friday.

Manley thanked the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office for acting compassionately to make sure DeLorenzo received appropriate end of life medical care.

DeLorenzo admitted to sexually assaulting a 5-year-old boy after a funeral service for the boy’s deceased family member.

During his 20-year career in the ministry, DeLorenzo also worked at St. Pius X in Flint Township and St. Robert Catholic Church in Flushing.