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Former priest sentenced in Ontonagon sex abuse case

LANSING — A former Catholic priest will serve from eight to 15 years in prison following a sentencing hearing on Wednesday in Ontonagon County Court, according to a Thursday announcement from the office of the Michigan Attorney General.

Gary Jacobs, 75, a former priest in Upper Peninsula parishes in Ontonagon and Dickinson counties, was sentenced following guilty pleas on three counts of criminal sexual conduct first degree and one count of criminal sexual conduct second degree. The charges stem from the time Jacobs was a clergyman in the community during the 1980s.

“A lengthy prison sentence...

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