DETROIT – A jury has found a Detroit-area Catholic priest guilty of stealing money from a charity for the poor after he denied the charges and said he wrongly signed a confession to police.

The Rev. Timothy Kane was convicted Tuesday in Wayne County court of crimes including embezzlement between $1,000 and $20,000 from a charitable institution. The 58-year-old will be sentenced in December.

Kane testified Tuesday that he didn’t steal money from the Angel Fund, an Archdiocese of Detroit charity fund created to assist people in need. Kane says confusion caused by diabetes made him sign a confession to police after his February arrest.

He was offered a plea deal before the trial but declined. His six conviction counts carry up to 88 years in prison total.