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John Fiala, Ex-Priest, Guilty In Plot To Kill Abuse Accuser

05/18/12 07:00 PM ET AP

John Fiala
This Nov. 18, 2010 photo provided by the Dallas County Sheriff's Department shows John Fiala. Fiala, a former Roman Catholic priest charged with sexually abusing a teenage boy in 2008 in his rural Texas parish is now accused of plotting the alleged victim's murder, authorities said. Fiala was found guilty of the plot in May of 2012. (AP Photo/Dallas County Sheriff's Department)

DALLAS — 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. His defense attorney argued that anything more than 15 years would be a "travesty."

The Dallas Morning News () reports the ex-priest will be eligible for parole after 15 years. 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.

Defense attorneys said Fiala had no true intention of having his accuser killed.


Information from: The Dallas Morning News,


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