Michael O. Jennings, Mercureâ€™s Springfield-based defense attorney, said “there will be an appeal” as he left the courtroom last week, but no motions had been filed as of Monday, according to court officials, the Berkshire Eagle reports.
Judge John A. Agostini has ordered Mercure to be held in custody without bail until Wednesdayâ€™s sentencing at 2 p.m.
Mercure was permanently removed from ministry by the Diocese of Albany in 2008, but he technically remains a priest as he has not been laicized by the Vatican.
Priest facing life term (Berkshire Eagle)
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