Kermit Gosnell Rejects Plea Deal on Federal Drug Charges

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 26, 2013   |   2:35PM   |   Washington, DC

Kermit Gosnell was the gruesome abortion practitioner who was convicted on multiple count of first-degree murder of killing babies who were born alive after abortion.

When Gosnell’s misdeeds first came to light, the DEA was already probing Gosnell for allegedly illegally selling prescription drugs. They called his abortion facility a “pill mill” by day and an “abortion mill” by night

After Gosnell was convicted of murder, the next step for him was to potentially stand trial in federal court 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.

Today, the abortionist rejected a plea deal in that case. From the AP:

A Philadelphia abortion provider serving life for murder has rejected a plea deal in a federal drug case.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell had been expected to plead guilty Wednesday to charges he illegally distributed painkillers.

Instead, Gosnell rejected the deal with prosecutors. It would have tacked on a 20-year sentence to the life term he’s currently serving.

Prosecutors say the 72-year-old Gosnell ran a “pill mill” by day and a rogue “abortion mill” by night at a filthy clinic in west Philadelphia.

Gosnell was convicted in May in the deaths of three babies born alive at his clinic.

The judge set a trial date of Sept. 9 on the drug charges.