Judge orders sick priest to report to prison in May

(AP) - A federal judge has ordered a Darien priest convicted of embezzling $1 million from his parish to report to prison in May.

The Rev. Michael Jude Fay was sentenced in December to 37 months in a federal prison. He was due to report to prison next week, but sought a delay while he undergoes an experimental cancer treatment that his attorney says is not available in prison.

Attorney Lawrence Hopkins says Fay will die behind bars if he cannot complete his treatment at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Federal Judge Janet Bond Arterton says Fay should report to prison on May 19 and provide his medical records to prison officials.

Arterton says any further request for an extension of Fay's surrender date would require a hearing.

Fay pleaded guilty to a fraud charge in September. Authorities say he set up secret bank accounts and spent the money on a lavish lifestyle. He resigned in 2006 as pastor of St. John Roman Catholic Church.

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