Ailment gives priest temporary get out of jail card

The former priest who stole nearly $1 million from his Darien church will not have to report to prison until later, a judge said Tuesday.New

NEW HAVEN - The former priest who stole nearly $1 million from his Darien church will not have to report to prison until later, a judge said Tuesday.

New Haven Superior Court judge Janet Arterton ordered Michael Jude Fay to surrender July 8. The extension will give Fay time to undergo an additional CT scan to see if he's still responding positively to an experimental cancer treatment.

Fay has been receiving treatment at Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York City for prostate cancer that has spread. The reprieve will also allow the defense and prosecution time to figure out whether Fay can continue his treatment in prison.

"I don't know if that can be arranged," said defense attorney Lawrence Hopkins. "If it can, then that's what will happen. If it can't, hopefully, the judge will allow him to stay out and continue improving."

If Fay still needs treatment as of July 8, the drug manufacturer might be asked to hand over its confidential drug to the Bureau of Prisons.

Fay was sentenced in December to serve 37 months in federal prison. He was convicted of stealing from St. John Roman Catholic Church to support a lavish lifestyle with his gay lover and was last told to surrender by May 19.

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