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Rodis Sentenced to 13 Years

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After years of what prosecutors called betrayal and deceit, former Louisa County priest Rodney Rodis will serve 13 years in prison for stealing from his parishioners.

"We were hoping for more," said Albert Gutekenst, a former parishioner who came to the courthouse to hear the final sentence.

Rosemarie Ayres, another parishioner, said, "I thought it should have been more but I don't really have a right to question the judge."

Judge Timothy Sanner suspended 187 of the 200 recommended years. Louisa's Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney, Rusty McGuire, says he never expected the judge to agree on the maximum sentence.

"But I hope that this is closure for the community of Louisa County, more specifically the parishes at St. Jude and Immaculate Conception," said McGuire.

Parishioner Marilyn Gutekenst said, "He didn't practice what he preached at all."

Former parishioners of Rodis have mixed reactions when it comes to forgiveness and getting back trust in the church. "You can't let your faith in God be destroyed by this one man," said Albert Gutekenst.

Judge Sanner ordered Rodis to pay back more than $430,000 to the Catholic Diocese of Richmond when he gets out of jail.

Ayres said, "I just have a feeling that if he's ever released, he'll be deported and we'll never see a dime, and i've resigned myself to that fact."

This 13-year sentence is in addition to Rodis' five year federal sentence that he's already serving.

Reported by Christina Mora
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