According to the Associated Press, the abortion doctor convicted on Monday of killing three babies in his Philadelphia clinic has given up his right to an appeal, forgoing any possible death sentence and leaving him facing life in prison.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell was found guilty in the first-degree murder of three babies delivered alive in his clinic and then killed with scissors. He was also convicted on an involuntary manslaughter charge for the death of 41-year-old patient Karnamaya Mongar.
The AP writes of the circumstances surrounding his no longer facing execution by the state:
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.
Full report here.
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