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Priest Sentenced In Brink’s Robbery

Compiled From Wire Services

An Irish priest caught with part of the loot from a $7.4 million Brink’s armored-car robbery was sentenced Monday to four years and three months in prison.

The Rev. Patrick Moloney, who runs a New York City shelter for troubled teenagers and illegal immigrants, bowed his head when U.S. District Judge David Larimer referred to him as a thief.

“Based on your prior life, you should have known better,” Larimer said.

Moloney, 62, and Samuel Millar, a 39-year-old rebel from Northern Ireland, where he served eight years for a botched bombing, were convicted Nov. 28 of conspiracy to possess stolen money. Millar is to be sentenced Thursday.

Authorities found $2 million on Nov. 12, 1993, in a New York City apartment used by the two men and $168,000 in a safe in the Melkite Catholic priest’s bedroom. About $107,000 had serial numbers linking it to the nation’s fifth-largest armored-car robbery.

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