GRAND HAVEN (WWJ/AP) – A former West Michigan church deacon who authorities say took $120,000 in cash from the weekly offertory basket has been sentenced to a year in jail.
Joseph Finnigan, 73, was sentenced earlier this week in Ottawa County Circuit Court after earlier pleading guilty to two counts of larceny over $20,000. He was also ordered to four years of probation, 250 hours of community service and he must pay restitution of $120,000.READ MORE: MDOT Announces Ongoing Construction For I-75
Finnigan told the court that he took full responsibility for his actions, saying he was “truly sorry” for violating the law and violating the trust of parishioners.READ MORE: Lions Release LB Christian Jones, Re-Sign DB Mike Ford
“I really honestly never imagined that I’d be in this position… I’ve always tried to do the right thing but I didn’t this time,” he said. “I must be punished. And I’ll spend the rest of my life trying to make restitution and trying to redeem myself.”
Finnigan had worked as a deacon at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Grand Haven for 11 years before being fired in November. Church officials say the embezzlement occurred from 2007 to 2012.MORE NEWS: Smokin' Joe Frazier Celebrated With Statue, Mural In Philly
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