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Ex-priest who murdered nun and was denied early release dies in prison

By Kyle Johnson,

A former Ohio priest accused of murder, who was denied his request for early release on Thursday so he could live out his final days at home, died Friday.

A federal judge ruled against Gerald Robinson's request Thursday, noting that there is no "inherent right" for a convicted felon to get out of prison early, regardless of the reason.

Ohio law also states that convicted murderers are not eligible for early release until they are up for parole.

Robinson suffered a massive heart attack a couple months ago and wanted to be released so he could go live with his brother and sister-in-law for the rest of his life, which his lawyer Richard Kerger said would be two more months at most.

Well, he didn't even last two days after the ruling, the Los Angeles Times reports. The 76-year-old former Roman Catholic priest passed away early Friday morning in the prison hospital, his sister-in-law confirmed to Kerger.

"He was clearly losing it," Kerger said, noting he spoke with Robinson after the request was denied. "He just didn't seem able to follow my comments."

The former priest was serving a life sentence for the 1980 stabbing murder of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl.

 
 

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