Jury recommends 15-year sentence for fmr. priest in sex abuse case

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by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 17 at 1:25 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A former Catholic priest, James Schook, was sentenced to 15 years by a jury on April 17 after more than an hour of deliberation.  

The maximum sentence the jury could have given Schook was 25 years in prison.

After a trial that only had one full day of testimony, jurors found Catholic priest James Schook guilty on three counts of sodomy and one count of indecent and immoral practices.

The jury threw out two other sodomy charges, including one for an alleged encounter between Schook and witness Michael Stansbury, who testified that Schook also abused him.

The sexual acts Schook is now convicted of took place in the ‘70s.

Each count of sodomy comes with a two to five year penalty, and Schook faces  one to 10 years for the one count of indecent and immoral practice.

This case was delayed for nearly five years after the charges were filed because of Schook's health. He has stage four skin cancer.

Formal sentencing will be on May 30 at 9 a.m. Schook will be on home incarceration until then.





 

 

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