Now that illegal late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell has been convicted of three counts of First Degree Murder, one count of Involuntary Manslaughter, and a host of other charges related to his “House of Horrors” abortion operation, the case now moves into the penalty phase.
The jury is set to hear arguments beginning on May 21 about the kind of punishment that is appropriate for a convicted serial killer. His convictions qualify him for the death penalty.
“The conviction was everything we could have hoped for,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Gosnell will spend the rest of his life behind bars and will never be able to inflict harm on another human being. We are completely satisfied that justice was done.”
At the age of 72, Gosnell will likely spend the rest of his days behind bars whether the death penalty is invoked or not due to the massive number of serious convictions that accompanied the murder verdicts that could – on paper – merit him hundreds of years behind bars.
In all, Gosnell was found guilty of the following charges:
• 3 Felony Counts First Degree Murder of Babies A, C, and D
• 1 Felony Count Involuntary Manslaughter for the death of Karnamaya Mongar
• 1 Felony Count Infanticide for Baby A
• 21 Felony Counts Illegal Abortion beyond 24 weeks
• 211 Misdemeanor Counts of Violating the 24-Hour Informed Consent
• 1 Felony Count of Racketeering
• 1 Felony Count Running a Corrupt Organization
• Numerous Felony Counts of Conspiracy
Also convicted yesterday was Gosnell’s co-defendant, Eileen O’Neill, who was found guilty of 1 count of Conspiracy, 1 count of Racketeering, and 2 counts of Theft by Deception for fraudulently posing as a licensed physician. O’Neill is scheduled to be sentenced on July 15.
Prosecutors gained convictions on nearly everything they wanted. They were seen hugging and even weeping after the verdicts were read at the end of a long an emotional trial where tempers sometimes flared.
“It will be interesting to see what the jury decides to do with Gosnell, but whatever the outcome, we can rest knowing that Gosnell and his corrupt abortion organization is done for good,” said Newman.
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Charged with Gosnell were eight of his employees, including his third wife, Pearl. All entered plea agreements with the state in exchange for their cooperation with the prosecution. They now await sentencing.
But this will not be the end for Gosnell. In September, Gosnell will stand trial once again, this time in Federal Court where he will be tried on drug charges related to his distribution of illegal prescription drugs that ended up being sold on the streets of Philadelphia. A conviction in this case might only affect the location of his incarceration.
“Let this case serve as a warning to other abortionists who defy the law. None of them are immune from prosecution. We encourage abortionists around the nation, many of whom we know to be breaking the law, to get out of the abortion business now, before the authorities come for them and they share Gosnell’s fate,” said Newman.
ifeNews.com Note: Cheryl Sullenger is a leader of Operation Rescue, a Kansas-based pro-life that monitors abortion practitioners and exposes their illegal and unethical practices. The group is known for serving as a watchdog of Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses.