Robinson Moved to Prison Hospital

Toledo Blade
December 20, 2006

Columbus - Gerald Robinson, the Toledo Catholic priest serving 15 years to life in prison for murdering a nun, was transferred yesterday from the Ohio State University Medical Center to the Corrections Medical Center in Columbus, a prison spokesman said.

The 68-year-old retired cleric had been taken to the OSU hospital on Dec. 7 for kidney problems that were considered nonlife-threatening, according to Andrea Dean, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction in Columbus. No further information on his health was available because of medical privacy laws, Ms. Dean added.

Robinson will remain in the prison system's medical center until deemed healthy enough to go back to Hocking Correctional Institution in Nelsonville, Ohio, where he is serving his sentence, Ms. Dean said.

Robinson was convicted May 11 in the strangulation and stabbing death of 71-year-old Sister Margaret Ann Pahl, whose body was found in the sacristy of the former Mercy Hospital in Toledo on April 5, 1980 - Holy Saturday.

Cold-case investigators charged the priest with murder in April, 2004, and a Lucas County Common Pleas Court jury found him guilty in May.

Toledo Bishop Leonard Blair barred Robinson from ministry after the priest's arrest. Robinson has since retired, although he technically remains a priest because he has not been laicized by the Vatican.


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