Dying priest, convicted of murder, loses bid to spend last days at home
July 03, 2014
An Ohio court has turned down a request to allow a Catholic priest who was convicted of murder to spend his last days in his home town.
Father Gerald Robinson was convicted in 2006 of killing Sister Margaret Ann Pahl in a gruesome murder that led prosecutors to speculate that a satanic ritual was involved. Although he has always denied that he was the killer, Father Robinson's legal appeals-- which went up to the US Supreme Court-- were denied.
After suffering a severe heart attack in May, Father Robinson has been confined to a hospice unit in an Ohio prison. He had requested the court's permission to be transferred to the home of his brother. The court ruled that it lacked authority to grant such a request, since he is not eligible for parole.