BREAKING NEWS: Dr. Kermit Gosnell will spend rest of his life in prison
Life sentence was part of a deal to avoid death penalty
Dr. Kermit Gosnell, a Philadelphia abortionist whose activities shocked and sickened a nation will now spend the rest of his life behind bars. Convicted of killing three babies born alive at his filthy clinic, his life was spared from a possible death sentence in a deal with prosecutors.
As Dr. Kermit Gosnell killed more than one person, prosecutors sought the death penalty. It was evident, however, with Gosnell's own advanced age had made it unlikely he would ever be executed before his appeals ran out.
Former clinic employees testified that the doctor repeatedly performed illegal abortions past Pennsylvania's 24-week limit. Witnesses said he delivered babies who were still moving, whimpering or breathing, and that he and his assistants dispatched the newborns by "snipping" their spines.
As Gosnell killed more than one person, prosecutors sought the death penalty. It was evident, however, with Gosnell's own advanced age had made it unlikely he would ever be executed before his appeals ran out.
Prosecutors instead agreed to two life sentences without parole. It's not over yet as Gosnell will face further sentencing in the death of the third baby, an involuntary manslaughter conviction in the death of a patient and hundreds of lesser counts.
Gosnell's lawyer, Jack McMahon, said his client accepts the verdict and isn't sorry he went to trial. "The media has been overwhelmingly against him," McMahon said. "But I think the jury listened to the evidence ... and they found what they found."
Gosnell's monstrous clinic came to light more than two years ago during a grand jury investigation of prescription drug trafficking. Authorities raiding Gosnell's clinic for drugs instead found bags and bottles of fetuses, jars of severed feet, bloodstained furniture, dirty medical instruments and cats roaming the premises.
Prosecution said that one of the babies was nearly 30 weeks along when the abortion took place, and was so big that Gosnell allegedly joked the baby could "walk to the bus." A second baby was said to be alive for about 20 minutes before a clinic worker snipped the neck. A third was born in a toilet and was moving before another clinic employee severed the spinal cord, according to testimony.
Gosnell was acquitted in a fourth killing in the case of a baby that let out a whimper before Gosnell cut the neck, prosecutors alleged. Gosnell was acquitted in that baby's death as no one testified to seeing the baby killed.
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