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Father Joe LeClair to be sentenced today

Father Joe LeClair will learn Wednesday what his sentence will be after pleading guilty to theft and fraud, admitting to taking money from his congregation at Blessed Sacrament Church in the Glebe.

Some of that congregation is expected to gather in court for the hearing on Wednesday morning.

Through every step of the trial process parishioners have been supporting LeClair. They have not been denying what he did or that it was wrong but saying they believe in forgiveness and the need to support people as they work to repent.

Defence lawyers have argued repenting will be enough of a sentence, calling for an 18-24 month conditional sentence with dozens of hours of community service.

The Crown however says a jail sentence of 18 months is more appropriate for theft and fraud amounting as high as the $130,000 Leclair admits to taking.

LeClair apologized two days after pleading guilty saying he would work the rest of his life to make up for what he'd done.

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