A Vatican court found Pope Benedict XVI’s former butler guilty Saturday of stealing sensitive documents—but the pope is expected to pardon him. Paolo Gabriele was sentenced to 18 months in prison, half of the three-year sentence requested by the prosecution. The lighter sentence was given because Gabriele had no prior criminal record. The verdict was delivered after two hours of deliberation on the last day of a weeklong trial during which Gabriele claimed he acted out of a “visceral” love for the Roman Catholic Church. He will, for the time being, be under house arrest in the Vatican.
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