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HERMITAGE, PA - A Connecticut woman charged after crashing through a church last awaits sentencing. 

Kathleen M. Descy, 60, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of risking catastrophe and reckless endangerment driving through the front door of Faith Presbyterian Church as what, she claimed, was an "act of God."

Prosecutors dropped additional pending charges of causing catastrophe, institutional vandalism, criminal mischief and trespass by motor vehicle.

Police say the sentencing date has not yet been set.

A number of pews and a stained glass door in the church were damaged, as well as other items, which caused more than $80,000 in repairs.

Descy admitted to court officials that she was a patient in a mental institution in the past and has been treated for depression and anxiety.

The defense will attempt to use a mental illness defense, claiming that Descy suffered from bipolar personality disorder, manic depression and hallucinations.

The entrance to the church faces Valley View Road and has been repaired since September 2012. 

 

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