Illinois priest gets 2 years of probation in theft
ST. LOUIS — A Roman Catholic priest has been sentenced to two years of probation after admitting he tried to shoplift an ashtray from an Illinois antique store while on probation for pilfering butter and a sofa cover.
The Rev. Steven Poole, who pleaded guilty but mentally ill to a misdemeanor charge of retail theft on Thursday, also was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation and complete any recommended treatment. Failing to comply could mean a year in the St. Clair County jail in Illinois.
Poole, 43, had faced a felony theft charge after his arrest late last year "to get this man's attention" as a repeat offender, the county's top prosecutor said Friday.
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