Joseph Finnigan pleaded guilty to two counts of larceny over $20,000 during the hearing in front of Judge Jon Hulsing.
As part of a plea agreement, a charge of embezzlement over $20,000 will be dropped as long as restitution of $120,000 is paid prior to sentencing on April 22.
Hulsing told the defendant if the money is not paid, then the prosecution can reinstate the embezzling charge.
The judge said this also does not preclude the church from seeking extra restitution through the civil process.
Finnigan, who was a deacon and was employed as a pastoral associate by St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, admitted to taking money from the collection plates in 2010 and 2011.
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