Priest Gets 4-year Sentence for Fla. Church Theft

Associated Press
March 24, 2009

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) A second priest has been sentenced to prison for stealing money from the same Florida church.

The Rev. Francis Guinan was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison after the 66-year-old was found guilty in February of second-degree grand theft. Prosecutors had charged him with stealing $488,000 from St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in Delray Beach. But jurors found him guilty on the lesser charge of stealing less than $100,000.

Guinan claimed he did nothing wrong.

Another priest who acknowledged stealing money from the church was sentenced Tuesday to 14 months in prison. The Rev. John Skehan pleaded guilty in his case. The 81-year-old was ordered to serve seven years' probation and pay more than $700,000 in restitution.


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