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Priest avoids more prison in case involving mobster’s violin

A former prison chaplain who pleaded guilty to helping an imprisoned mobster recover a hidden violin avoided any additional time behind bars Thursday when a judge found that prosecutors had not proven that the instrument was a rare 18th-century Stradivarius that purportedly belonged to the late entertainer Liberace.

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Man accused in theft of $5M violin gets 7 years (UPDATE)

The man who masterminded the theft of a $5 million Stradivarius violin admitted Monday that he used a stun gun to attack a musician carrying the 300-year-old instrument, saying he intended to sell it to help people he believed were wrongly evicted from an apartment building he managed.

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2nd man charged in violin theft pleads guilty (UPDATE)

A man accused of masterminding the theft of a $5 million Stradivarius violin pleaded guilty to robbery Friday, nearly eight months after the 300-year-old instrument was snatched from a musician who was attacked with a stun gun following a performance in Milwaukee.

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Priest denies helping mobster hide violin

CHICAGO (AP) — A former prison chaplain has pleaded not guilty to federal charges that he plotted with convicted Chicago mobster Frank Calabrese Sr. to recover a violin reportedly hidden in a hit man’s Wisconsin house. Authorities say 62-year-old Catholic priest Eugene Klein of Springfield, Mo., was released on $20,000 bond after he appeared in a federal courtroom in Chicago ...

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Feds: Prison chaplain passed messages for mobster (UPDATE)

CHICAGO (AP) — A prison chaplain has been charged in an alleged scheme to help imprisoned Chicago mobster Frank Calabrese, who is serving a life sentence for 13 murders, recover a valuable violin reportedly hidden in a Wisconsin house to keep the government from selling it, federal prosecutors announced Thursday. Catholic priest Eugene Klein, 62, of Springfield, Mo., was indicted ...

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