Thomas O'Brien Becomes First U.S. Catholic Bishop Convicted of a Felony

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Bishop Thomas Joseph O'Brien, former head of Arizona's largest Roman Catholic diocese, is convicted of a hit and run. He thus became the first Catholic bishop in the United States to ever be convicted of a felony.

Bishop O'Brien struck and killed 43-year-old Jim Reed in 2003, shortly after signing an agreement with prosecutors dealing with sexual abuse committed by priests in his diocese which he had covered up. He will be sentenced to four years' probation and 1,000 hours of community service.


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