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Thomas O’Brien, the resigned Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix, has been sentenced to four years on probation for a hit-and-run accident that killed a pedestrian. O’Brien, 68, was also ordered to perform 1,000 hours of community service, including hospital visits to severely injured and dying patients. His driver’s license was suspended for five years. O’Brien, believed to be the first Catholic bishop in U.S. history to be convicted of a felony, had no comment after the March 26 sentencing hearing, the Associated Press reported. The former bishop had led the Phoenix diocese and its 480,000 Catholics for 21 years but resigned in June after his arrest. He was found guilty in February of leaving the scene of an accident after his car hit a pedestrian.

 

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