Connecticut Woman Pleads Guilty In Hermitage Church Crash

April 8, 2013
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A Connecticut woman who was accused of driving her car through the front entrance of a church in the Hermitage area entered a pair of guilty pleas in the case last week in Mercer County Court.

Police officials had said that 60 year-old Kathleen Descy, from Ellington, Connecticut, had driven her vehicle through the front doors of Faith Presbyterian Church on the afternoon of May 9, 2012, and had continued through the church vestibule, into another set of doors, and stopped after destroying several pews in the rear of the church sanctuary.

Repairs cost the church more than $80,000, including renovating a 175 year-old stained glass window which had been part of the congregation’s original building of worship in Clark.

Descy, it turns out, is a former mental institution patient who had led state troopers on a high-speed chase along Interstate 84 in eastern New York in 2008.

Descy entered guilty pleas to charges of risking a catastrophe and reckless endangerment.  In her plea bargain, four other charges were dropped.  There was no immediate word as to a sentencing date.

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