No sentence yet for former local priest

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Siobhan Morris

Donald Grecco’s sentencing on three counts of gross indecency got underway in Hamilton Friday.

But it could be a while yet before the former local priest learns his fate.

The St. Catharines native has admitted to sexually abusing three altar boys in the 1970s and 80s.

Grecco’s lawyer, Brian Donnelly spent Friday presenting what he calls mitigating circumstances to be considered in Justice Hawk’s decision.

By 2:30 in the afternoon, Donnelly was still making his submission on Grecco’s behalf.

The Crown still has to make it’s own submission, a process expected to take four hours.

It is not clear whether the sentencing procedure will carry into Friday night or be postponed to another day.

But the Defense and Crown tells 610 CKTB News they are scheduled in other court cases next week so it may be awhile before Grecco’s sentence is handed down.

His sentencing has already been delayed twice because of health problems.

Grecco has been named in a three million dollar civil suit launched by one of his victims, Mike Blum.

The St. Catharines Diocese and former Bishop James Wingle are also named in the case.

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