Priest Convicted of Killing Nun Denied Release

Associated Press, carried in Beacon Journal
November 22, 2006

Toledo, Ohio - A priest found guilty of choking and stabbing a nun will not be allowed out of prison while he appeals his conviction, an appeals court ruled.

Ohio's 6th District Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected the request to release the priest on bond while he appeals the case.

A jury in May found the Rev. Gerald Robinson guilty of killing Sister Margaret Ann Pahl while she was preparing a hospital chapel for Easter weekend services in 1980. He was sentenced to a mandatory term of 15 years to life in prison.

He is being held at Hocking Correctional Facility in Nelsonville, about 60 miles southeast of Columbus.

Robinson, who had worked closely with Sister Pahl as the hospital chaplain and presided at her funeral Mass, emerged as a suspect when police found a sword-shaped letter opener in his desk drawer two weeks after the killing.

Yet he was not charged for years because prosecutors said there was not enough evidence. Investigators reopened the case in late 2003 and he was charged in 2004.


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