PHILADELPHIA — Msgr. William Lynn, the 61-year-old Philadelphia priest at the center of a landmark sexual-abuse court case, was sentenced to three-six years in prison for his role in the archdiocese-wide scandal.
The July 24 sentence drew criticism from the defendant’s lawyer as extreme. It is close to the maximum three and a half to seven years requested by Philadelphia’s District Attorney Seth Williams. Both Msgr. Lynn’s attorney, Thomas Bergstrom, and a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said they thought the sentence was too harsh.