Gosnell Spared Death Sentence

By Emma Koch

Credit: NBCnews.com

Gosnell Spared Death Sentence

May 14, 2013 Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 2:54 PM EST

(www.nbcnews.com) -- Former Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell is spared the death sentence by foregoing 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 happened, was set to be sentenced for his crimes on 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.

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 advanced age had made it unlikely he would ever be executed before his appeals ran out.

Gosnell is 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.




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