The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

June 29, 2013

Church crasher ordered to pay $80,000

By Joe Wiercinski
Herald Staff Writer

HERMITAGE — Ramming her car into a Hermitage church will cost a Connecticut woman more than $80,000 in restitution.

Kathleen M. Descy, 60, of Ellington, also must serve 2 years of probation on each charge after being sentenced  Friday for criminal mischief and recklessly endangering others.

No one was hurt during the May 9, 2012, crash, although youth pastor John Morrison was in his office next to the entrance of Faith Presbyterian Church when Descy, who is being treated for mental health problems, drove a PT Cruiser up a sidewalk, through two sets of double doors and a vestibule, and through the double doors of the sanctuary, where the car finally stopped after knocking over several pews, police said.

“I am entirely remorseful and ashamed of my actions,”  Descy told Mercer County Common Pleas Court President Judge Thomas R. Dobson. “I am very anxious to make restitution to the church and its insurance company.”

Dobson set restitution at $1,000 to the church at 2370 N. Hermitage Road, and $81,652 to Church Mutual Insurance Co.

He also ordered Descy to arrange with appropriate authorities in Connecticut to perform 600 hours of community service.

Descy told Dobson she is seeing a psychiatrist regularly and her bipolar personality disorder, manic depressive disease, hallucinations, and delusional and disorganized thought processes have been brought under control with medications.

The church finished more than $80,000 in repairs in September, when it concluded its yearlong 175th anniversary celebration.