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Prosecutors Agree to Life in Prison for Gosnell

Jessica Mason Pieklo

In exchange for dropping all appeals, Dr. Kermit Gosnell was spared death row.

On Tuesday, one day after a jury found Dr. Kermit Gosnell guilty of three counts of first degree murder, Gosnell’s attorneys struck a deal with prosecutors to keep him off death row.

According to the Associated Press, Gosnell forfeited his right to appeal his conviction in exchange for a sentence of life in prison. Prosecutors sought the death penalty because Gosnell was charged with more than one count of first-degree murder. But at 72 years old, it’s unlikely Gosnell would have lived long enough to be put to death by the state before his appeals ran out. Instead, prosecutors agreed to two life sentences without parole. Gosnell was to face further sentencing on Wednesday related to an additional involuntary manslaughter conviction and the lesser counts he faced, but he will not now thanks to the deal.

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