Jury: Disgraced Priest Needs 200 Years in Jail

Rodis Embezzled Money From 2 Parishes

LOUISA, Va. -- After a two-day trial, a retired Roman Catholic priest has been convicted on 10 state charges of embezzling from two rural Virginia parishes.

Jurors who convicted Rodney Rodis on Thursday recommended the maximum sentence -- 200 years. Formal sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 14.

According to prosecutor Tom Garrett, the 52-year-old Rodis embezzled more than $1 million from two churches in Louisa County.

Rodis is already serving a 63-month term for his federal conviction.

Many former parishioners from St. Jude and Immaculate Conception Catholic churches were unhappy with the federal sentence.

During closing arguments, a prosecutor said the case was "about a shepherd who betrayed his flock." 

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