08 - 07 - 2013 Former church bookkeeper pleads guilty to theft charges
MIFFLINTOWN - A former volunteer bookkeeper for Saint Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church in Mifflintown pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two of the three felony theft charges filed against her. Mary M. Zangrilli, 59, wiped tears from her face as Judge Kenneth A. Mummah asked her if she understood her rights and still wanted to plead guilty to the charges. Zangrilli said she understood her rights and was guilty of the charges. Zangrilli stole more than $248,000 from the church over a seven-year period beginning in 2005. Zangrilli's attorney Steven Manbeck and Juniata County District Attorney Cory Snook worked out a plea agreement, recommending she serve a minimum of two years in a state correctional facility. However, the court is not bound by the agreement between the attorneys and she could face a lengthier or lesser sentence than what the attorneys agreed upon.