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Vatican court finds ex butler guilty, gives him one and a half year sentence

VATICAN CITY, Oct 6 (Reuters) - A Vatican court on Saturdayfound Pope Benedict's former butler guilty of stealing sensitivedocuments and sentenced him to a year and a half in prison.

The court delivered its verdict after a two-hourdeliberation on the last day of the trial. The prosecution hadasked for a three-year sentence. The defence had asked thatPaolo Gabriele go free.

(Reporting By Philip Pullella and Naomi O'Leary)

((philip.pullella@thomsonreuters.com;))

Keywords: POPE BUTLER/VERDICT

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