A Philadelphia abortion doctor convicted of killing three babies who were born alive in his grimy clinic agreed Tuesday to give up his right to an appeal and faces life in prison but will be spared a death sentence.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, was convicted Monday of first-degree murder in the deaths of the babies who were delivered alive and killed with scissors….
Prosecutors agreed to two life sentences without parole, and Gosnell was to be sentenced Wednesday in the death of the third baby, an involuntary manslaughter conviction in the death of a patient and hundreds of lesser counts.
Prosecutors had sought the death penalty because Gosnell killed more than one person, and his victims were especially vulnerable given their age. But Gosnell’s own advanced age had made it unlikely he would ever be executed before his appeals ran out.
A mix of reactions:
Wow Kermit #Gosnell has waived the right to appeal-in order to take death penalty off the table.-So he’s pro-life when it comes to himself.
— John White (@johnwyte) May 14, 2013
— John Baiata (@JBaiata) May 14, 2013
— Mary (@OHTheMaryD) May 14, 2013
In light of the #Gosnell verdict, I must say it is disturbing to see many religious people demand he dies the same way he killed his victims
— Patrick Ptomey (@patrickptomey) May 14, 2013
— danielle! (@hipdanielle) May 14, 2013
— K. Hummel (@KariHummel) May 14, 2013
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