Summary Box: Joseph Druce Convicted of Murdering Pedophile Priest

The Associated Press, carried in
January 25, 2006

BIG PICTURE: A jury rejected the insanity defense of prison inmate Joseph Druce and found him guilty of murdering defrocked pedophile priest John Geoghan.THE MOTIVE: Prosecutors claimed Druce killed Geoghan to become a prison big shot.

COURTROOM THEATER: Druce testified God chose him to kill Geoghan, then told jurors, "No hard feelings," after the verdict was read.

WHAT IT MEANS: The verdict does little to change the future for Druce, who was already serving life in prison for murdering man who picked him up hitchhiking. He was sentenced to life without parole for the Geoghan slaying. It will be automatically appealed.


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