Feb 11, 2015 11:47 AM

Priest to plead guilty to trying to help convicted mobster

The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) A Roman Catholic priest says he'll plead guilty to trying to help a convicted mobster recover an expensive violin hidden in a Wisconsin home.

Sixty-five-year-old Eugene Klein made the announcement Wednesday just as his federal trial was about to get underway.

Klein appeared in court looking ill at ease, carrying a cane and wearing his clerical collar.

He's accused of trying to help imprisoned Chicago mobster Frank Calabrese Sr. recover what the convict said was a rare, 250-year-old Stradivarius violin hidden in his old Wisconsin home.

Federal prosecutors allege the plot was hatched in 2011 when Klein administered daily communion to Calabrese at the Missouri prison where he was serving a life sentence for 13 murders. Calabrese died in December 2012.

Prosecutors say they believed the instrument was worth millions.


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