Jackson Man Gets Prison in Church Collection Plate Theft

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) -- A Michigan man who authorities say dressed like a priest and stole a collection plate during Mass has been sentenced to at least four years in prison in the case.
Jackson County Circuit Court Judge John McBain on Thursday sentenced 52-year-old Alan Fiddler of Jackson to four to 20 years in the November theft of a collection plate containing about $3,600 from St. John Catholic Church. The judge noted that Fiddler had nine parole violations on his record in issuing the sentence.
The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports that Fiddler pleaded no contest in February to larceny charges.
Defense lawyer Michael Dungan says Fiddler has mental-health problems but knows the difference between right and wrong.
At the time the collection plate was taken, Fiddler was on parole in another theft case.


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