Ex-church employee to serve year in prison

| June 22, 2010

A former church employee was sentenced Monday to a year in prison and ordered to repay $185,000 to St. Edward On-the-Lake Catholic Church.

Jacalyn O'Boyle, 48, of Port Huron Township said little during her sentencing hearing in St. Clair County Circuit Judge Daniel Kelly's courtroom — only stressing that many people have continued to support her even after she pleaded guilty in May to stealing money from the church.

Lawyer Fredrick Lepley told Kelly his client's theft was fueled by a gambling problem that "quickly spiraled out of control." O'Boyle used the money — which court records show she stole between 2003 and 2009 — to buy lottery tickets and the situation "got out of her hands to a point where she didn't know what to do," Lepley said in court.

O'Boyle told Kelly she would not be able to pay the restitution if she was incarcerated. Kelly said he understood that, adding it was unlikely she'd be able to pay restitution in any case. The only positive aspect of the case, Kelly said, is that the church's losses were covered by insurance.

O'Boyle worked at St. Edward for 15 years before a July audit turned up missing money. She last served as the church's office manager.

Lepley said O'Boyle doesn't have a criminal background and "knows she has to make good on this." Several of her supporters were in court Monday but declined comment.



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