Jail Time Ordered For Howell Man in Church Theft

July 8, 2014

Jail Time Ordered For Howell Man in Church Theft

7/8/14 - A Howell man will go to jail after being sentenced for stealing money from a church in Livonia. Jeffrey John Bentley was arrested after a hidden camera showed him taking money out of a donation box at St. Edith’s Catholic Church. The camera had been placed there after church officials notified Livonia Police and said they thought money was being taken out of donation boxes. The 58-year-old recently pleaded guilty to larceny in a building in the Wayne County Circuit Court and was sentenced to 90 to 120 days in jail. He will then be on probation for 18 months, and be forced to pay over $1,000 in court fees. Bentley, whose criminal record includes previous convictions in Livingston County for larceny and criminal sexual conduct, will also have to go through a program called the Jail PLUS program, which will keep him in custody to allow experts to work with him to properly assess his mental condition and other criteria before being released. (JK)

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