May 11, 2006

Jury Convicts Priest in Murder of Nun

AOL News


TOLEDO, Ohio (May 11) - A priest accused of stabbing a Roman Catholic nun to death as she prepared for Easter services 26 years ago was found guilty Thursday of murder that prosecutors say was steeped in religious ritual.

Sister Margaret Ann Pahl was stabbed 31 times through an altar cloth, with the punctures forming an upside down cross. Her killer then anointed her with a smudge of her blood on the forehead to humiliate her in death, prosecutors said.

The Rev. Gerald Robinson, now 68, had been early suspect in the killing but wasn't charged until two years ago.

The priest had worked closely with Sister Pahl at the hospital chapel where her body was discovered. He was sentenced to the mandatory term of 15 years to life in prison.

Posted by kshaw at May 11, 2006 02:51 PM