Man who stole from Upper Darby church sentenced to 16-84 months

| May 25, 2010

MEDIA COURTHOUSE — James Joy robbed from the church last February and for his penance he will do 16 to 84 months behind bars.

“I just want to apologize for my actions,” said a repentant Joy, 22, of Upper Darby, as he stood handcuffed Monday and entered a plea before Judge Gregory Mallon.

“I have a severe drug problem and there’s no excuse for what I did,” said the defendant as he pleaded guilty to a robbery charge.

Joy admitted he was the masked bandit who confronted a 16-year-old sexton at St. Andrew Church in Upper Darby following Sunday Mass and stole the offerings. The terrified teen was ordered to keep walking but then managed to escape by running away.

Joy was ordered to repay $2,000 in restitution and to stay away from St. Andrew’s property.

The plea agreement, which was worked out by Assistant District Attorney Michael Donahue and defense attorney Baltazar Rubio, was accepted by Mallon. The judge formally imposed sentence.

Joy was picked up several days after the crime and gave police a statement admitting his involvement.

“He had a heroin addiction,” said Rubio following the plea. “He’s been clean ever since. Right from the beginning he admitted his guilt and was willing to take responsibility.”

At the time of his arrest, Joy expressed remorse to police.

“I don’t know how I let drugs take over my life,” Joy was quoted as stating to authorities. “I wish I could take back what I’ve done. I wish I could put into words how sorry I am. I wish there was a way to change what happened.”

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