Left: Father Gerald Robinson, courtesy of realnews247.com
(Toledo, OH) The jury has announced that it has reached a verdict in the trial of Father Gerald Robinson, who is accused of murdering Sister Margaret Ann Pahl in 1980.
Judge Thomas Osowik immediately imposed a sentence of 15 years to life on the priest.
Court TV reported that Claudia Vercellotti, a leader in SNAP (Survivor's Network of those Abused by Priests), told Father Gerald Robinson as he was led away: "I hope you rot in Hell."
Jurors in the case deliberated for about four hours Wednesday after nine days of testimony, and returned for another two hours of deliberation today. They informed Judge Osowik that they preferred not to talk with the media.
For those looking for good coverage and analysis of the tial, I recommend Toledo blogger Lisa Renee Ward's new site. She has been following the case closely for some time now, and has collected one of the best resource sites around.
Addendum, 5:23 pm: Bill Frogameni, a local freelance writer covering the story for Reuters, has a different version of the "rot in Hell" comment than what was quoted on Court TV:
After the verdict was read, one of Robinson's supporters left the court in tears. She turned to Claudia Vercellotti, a local leader of the Survivors Network for Those Abused by Priests, who had helped reopen the case, and told her, "I hope you rot in hell!"
Bill has been covering this case for years, and was in the courtroom today, so I trust what he writes far more than the comments of the Court TV pundits in New York.