WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) _ A Roman Catholic priest from Waterbury has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading no contest to stealing more than $1 million in church money and spending it on male escorts and a lavish lifestyle. The Rev. Kevin Gray was also sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation.
The Republican-American reports that a plea of no contest was entered on Gray’s behalf, which means he didn’t admit guilt, but a conviction for first-degree larceny was entered on his record. The plea also allows Gray to deny the charge if there is a civil suit.
Prosecutors say the 65-year-old Gray won’t have to pay back the money because the Diocese of Hartford did not ask for restitution.Gray’s attorney called many of the charges against his client overblown.
Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com
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