The former principal of a private school in Litchfield intends to plead guilty to embezzling more than $150,000 from the Catholic school, and may spend up to 13 years in prison.
Shannon L. Dannible, 37, of Amesbury, Mass., is expected to plead guilty to a felony count of unauthorized taking or transfer for stealing $152,468 from St. Francis of Assisi School over four years.
In May 2011 — about two years prior to Dannible’s arrest for embezzling — the Catholic Diocese of Manchester was holding frequent meetings with parishioners and parents of St. Francis to try to resolve budget concerns.
Dannible, who was indicted for the thefts last year, will be back in court on Nov. 12 for a plea and sentencing hearing.
Without the plea deal, Dannible would have faced trial and may have been ordered to spend 7½ to 15 years in prison.