Kermit Gosnell won't appeal conviction, is spared death penalty

Kermit Gosnell won't appeal conviction, is spared death penalty
NBC Philadelphia

POSTED: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 2:46pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 2:49pm

Sentencing deal struck a day after the former abortion doctor found guilty of first-degree murder

Former Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell is spared the death sentence by choosing to forego an appeal.

In exchange for giving up that appeal, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office agreed to two life sentences without the possibility of parole.

Gosnell was found guilty of first-degree murder on Monday in the deaths of three babies. He was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of former patient Karnamaya Mongar and of more than 200 counts of abortion law violations.

The 72-year-old owner of the Women’s Medical Society, the West Philadelphia clinic where the crimes allegedly happened, was set to be sentenced for his crimes next Tuesday.

The clinic was dubbed a “house of horrors” by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams in a 2011 grand jury report after investigators uncovered macabre and deplorable conditions inside.

Defense lawyer Jack McMahon said before the sentencing deal that his client's bid for acquittal was a battle.

"The media has been overwhelmingly against him," McMahon said. "But I think the jury listened to the evidence ... and they found what they found."

Prosecutors Joanne Pescatore and Ed Cameron were pursuing the death penalty in the case because of the multiple murders. They also felt Gosnell had taken advantage of his victims.

At 72 years old, Gosnell may have died in prison appealing a death sentence before even being able to be executed.

The deal between Gosnell and the Commonwealth only pertains to two of the babies he was convicted of murdering.

He will be sentenced Wednesday in the death of the third baby, in Mongar's death and hundreds of abortion-law violations.

This story is developing.

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