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New Hampshire priest gets four years in prison, must repay stolen funds

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A Catholic priest who was once a top official in the Manchester diocese was sentenced to four years in a state prison Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to three felony charges for stealing tens of thousands of dollars from his diocese, a Catholic hospital and the estate of a dead priest.

Judge Diane Nicolosi of Hillsborough County Superior Court-North sentenced Msgr. Edward J. Arsenault to prison and ordered him to repay the $185,000 he stole and to pay restitution, for a total of about $300,000.

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