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ITALY CONVICTS EX-NAZIS IN MASSACRE

Erich Priebke, a former Nazi SS captain, was convicted today of taking part in the 1944 massacre of 335 civilians and ordered to serve five years in prison.

The military tribunal gave another defendant, former SS Maj. Karl Hass, a suspended sentence of 10 years and eight months. Prosecutors sought a life term for Priebke and a 24-year term for Hass.

Priebke, who will turn 84 next week, and Hass, 84, participated in the killings in retaliation for a bombing that killed 33 Germans.

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