Paolo Gabriele Guilty of Stealing Secret Vatican Documents

Pope Benedict's butler sentenced to 18 months in an Italian prison.
3:00 | 10/06/12

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Transcript for Paolo Gabriele Guilty of Stealing Secret Vatican Documents
And we have breaking news out of the vatican, that scandal that rocked the vatican. Pope benedict's butler convicted this morning of stealing the pope's private documents and leaking them to a journalist. Lama hasan joins us with all of the details from london. Good morning, lama. Reporter: Good morning to you, ron. Today, the three judges presiding over this case took just an hour and ten minutes in deliberations. And the verdict, guilty of theft. Now, the pope's butler, paolo gabriele, has been sentenced to one year and six months in an italian prison. That's less than was expected, which was a sentence of four years. When the sentence was read, he showed no emotion. The pope's butler had been arrested in may, accused of stealing the pope's secret documents and leaking them to the press, a damning scandal that rocked the vatican. And during the trial, he denied the charge of aggravated theft. But had confessed to stealing the documents and, quote, betraying the trust of the holy father. But he said he did it to show what he called the evil and corruption of the church. He also believed that the pope was being manipulated. Now, the 46-year-old father of three, who lived at the vatican, is widely expected to be pardoned by his boss, pope benedict xvi. Thank you, lama.

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