ST LOUIS (LALATE) – The Monsignor William Lynn guilty verdict today is now prompting a major post trial debate among attorneys. After a Msgr. Lynn guilty verdict was rendered Friday afternoon June 22, 2012, the Court decided to entertain discussion from counsels whether Lynn should be taken into custody.
Prosecutors are currently arguing that Msgr Lynn should immediately go into custody this Friday and begin serving time. Lynn, of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, underwent a trial for multiple charges. But not all charges resulted in a guilty verdict today.
After a three month trial, the jury returned a mixed ruling. The found the Msgr. guilty of one count of endangering children. But they found him not guilty of a conspiracy count and a secondary count of endangerment.
Experts tell news that today’s decision could result in a three and half to seven year prison sentence. But Lynn’s lawyers have already told news that the they will appeal any decision. They claim that the judge made an error by telling the jurors what they claim was wrong law on the child endangerment matter. Judge M. Teresa Sarmina of the Common Pleas Court reportedly revoked Lynn’s bail today.
If he had been convicted of all the charges, Lynn would have faced upwards of twenty years in prison. Today’s verdict marks the first major conviction of a member of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States of this type of charge.