Judge denies dying former priest who killed nun early release to die at home

By Kyle Johnson,

A federal judge ruled on Thursday against a dying ex-priest's request for an early release so he can die at home.

"There is no constitutional or inherent right of a convicted person to be conditionally released before the expiration of a valid sentence," U.S. District Judge James Gwin wrote in his decision regarding Gerald Robinson, Reuters reports. He also said that the federal courts have no jurisdiction for compassionate release.

The 76-year-old ex-Roman Catholic priest stabbed a nun to death in Ohio in 1980 and is currently serving a life sentence. In the state, the law says that those in prison on life sentences for murder cannot be released early.

According to The Associated Press, Robinson suffered a heart attack in May and his lawyer, Richard Kerger, has said he won't live much longer than two months, if that. The former priest was looking to be granted early release to spend what days he had left with his brother and sister-in-law.

Kerger said after Gwin's ruling that he is done trying to get Robinson early release. The only chance for the former priest, who has continued to claim innocence, is for Gov. John Kasich to grant clemency.



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