May 12, 2006

Priest found guilty; cleric gets 15 years to life in nunís murder

TOLEDO (OH)
Toledo Blade

By DAVID YONKE
BLADE RELIGION EDITOR

A murder case unsolved for 26 years was brought to an unexpectedly quick and dramatic end yesterday after jurors convicted a 68-year-old Toledo priest, Gerald Robinson, in the brutal, ritualistic murder of a nun.

The 12 jurors in the Lucas County Common Pleas Court trial deliberated just over six hours before reaching a unanimous verdict.

Robinson, wearing his clerical collar, showed no emotion as Judge Thomas Osowik read the verdict and then polled the seven female and five male jurors individually.

Judge Osowik then asked Robinson if he wished to say anything and the priest ó who did not take the witness stand and never spoke during the three-week trial ó declined. The jammed courtroom was eerily silent but for an immediate gasp, followed by the stifled sobs of the priestís sister-in-law, Barbara Robinson of Toledo.

Posted by kshaw at May 12, 2006 07:48 AM