Prison Sentence For Fake Priest Who Stole Collection Plate

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JACKSON, Michigan ~ (Jackson Citizen Patriot) ~ A Michigan man who dressed up as a priest and stole a collection plate has been sentenced to at least four years in prison.

A Jackson County Circuit Court judge John McBain handed a sentence of four to twenty years in prison to 52-year-old Alan Fiddler on April 7th. The Jackson Citizen Patriot reported that Fiddler pled no contest to larceny charges back in Febuary of this year.

Back in November of last year, Fiddler disguised himself as a holy man and managed to steal a collection plate containing about $3600 from St. John Catholic Church. Upon issuing the sentence, Judge McBain noted that Fiddler had nine other parole violations on his record.

Defense lawyer Michael Dungan claims Fiddler does suffer from mental health problems, but can also tell the difference between right and wrong. When the collection plate was taken in November, Fiddler was on parole in another theft case.

Photo credit: Michigan Department of Corrections

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