Ex-texas Priest Gets 60 Years in Murder Scheme

San Antonio Express-News
May 18, 2012

A Dallas jury has sentenced a former Roman Catholic priest to 60 years in prison for plotting the death of a man who accused him of sexual abuse.

Prosecutors had asked for a life sentence for 53-year-old John M. Fiala during Friday's closing arguments.

Defense attorney Rex Gunter said anything more than 15 years would be a "travesty."

The Dallas Morning News ( reports the ex-priest will be eligible for parole after 15 years.

Fiala was convicted Thursday for solicitation of capital murder.

His accuser testified Fiala sexually assaulted him at least once by gunpoint when he was a boy in West Texas, and threatened to hurt his family if he told anybody.

The hit man Fiala hired for $5,000 was actually an undercover police officer.








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