LOME, Togo (AP) _ Newspaper editor Dossou Gbenouga was found guilty Saturday of insulting Togo's military ruler and sentenced to the maximum penalty of five years in jail.

State attorney Dabre Gbandjaba said the 33-year-old newsman deserved the harshest punishment for an April 22 article in the newspaper Democrats' Tribune, and Judge M. Agouzouazango agreed with him.

The article called President Gen. Gnassingbe Eyadema a monster and predator who had enriched himself from government coffers while fanning the flames of tribal hatred. Eyadema has ruled Togo for 27 years.

Gbenouga's lawyers filed notice that they would appeal against the conviction and sentence.