Priest gets 4 years in Fla. church theft
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A Florida priest convicted of stealing money from his church was sentenced yesterday to four years in prison, the second cleric to be imprisoned for taking thousands of dollars from the same congregation.
The Rev. Francis Guinan, 66, 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, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
But jurors found him guilty on the lesser charge of stealing under $100,000.
Guinan had faced up to 15 years in prison.
"I'm deeply sorry," Guinan told the judge yesterday, adding that his month in jail since his conviction should be considered "sufficient time."