Former Roman Catholic priest sentenced to 60 years in prison.

60 years in prison for ex-priest in plot to kill abuse accuser - Comment on 2012 May 19

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The man Fiala met with and instructed to kill his accuser for $5,000 was actually an undercover police officer. Their entire conversation was recorded on video and played for the jury on Wednesday. Read more:

Prison for ex-priest in plot to kill abuse accuser

A Texas 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 jurors Friday for a life sentence for 53-year-old John M. Fiala.

Fiala was convicted Thursday for solicitation of capital murder.

Prosecutors say Fiala tried to hire a neighbor's brother to kill the man who accused him of abuse in 2008 when Fiala was the priest at a rural West Texas parish and his accuser was 16.

But the man Fiala met with in November 2010 and instructed to kill his accuser for $5,000 was actually an undercover police officer. Their entire conversation was recorded on video and played for the jury on Wednesday.

Fiala was arrested September 2010 in Lawrence, Kan., and extradited to Edwards County, Texas, on four counts of sex crimes against children two years after he was removed from the priesthood.

 

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