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

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

The court delivered its verdict after a two-hour deliberation on the last day of the trial. The prosecution had asked for a three-year sentence. The defence had asked that Paolo Gabriele go free.

(Reporting By Philip Pullella and Naomi O'Leary)