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Apr 17, 2014 12:02 PM by AP

Former priest's lawyer asks jury for leniency

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A lawyer for a former priest convicted on felony sex abuse charges is asking a jury to be lenient on James Schook, who has terminal cancer.

A jury convicted Schook, 66, on Wednesday of three counts of sodomy and one count of indecent or immoral practice with another for incidents that occurred with a teenage boy at a Louisville church in the early 1970s. The maximum possible punishment is 25 years in prison.

Schook's attorney, David Lambertus, said Thursday that the minimum time Schook could serve in prison is two years before he is eligible for parole. He said that would be a significant amount of time for someone at the end of their life.

The jury will issue a recommendation on Schook's sentence to Circuit Judge Mitch Perry.

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