Jurors speak out after convicted Philly abortion doctor gets third life sentence

A Philadelphia abortion doctor has been sentenced to a third life term for killing an aborted baby that he described as so big it could "walk to the bus."

Dr. Kermit Gosnell was convicted this week of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies born alive, then stabbed with scissors. He was given two life sentences Tuesday in a deal with prosecutors that spares him a potential death sentence, and the third sentence was handed down Wednesday.

The 72-year-old Gosnell has also been sentenced to 2 1/2 to five years in prison for the 2009 overdose death of a patient. The sentences are consecutive, meaning Gosnell will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Jurors who convicted a Gosnell of murder say he perhaps started out with good intentions, but got greedy and lost his way.

Juror Sarah Glinski is a 23-year-old government public affairs specialist. She says "somewhere, something went wrong" with Gosnell.

The jurors expressed empathy for Gosnell's untrained staff members, eight of whom pleaded guilty in the case.

Gosnell's lawyer concedes that his client performed illegal third-term abortions for women who begged for help but says he never intended to kill babies born alive.

Prosecutor Joanne Pescatore says the victim known as Baby A, which was nearly 30 weeks, will stay with her "forever."







Copyright © Sep 22, 2014, WDEL/Delmarva Broadcasting Company. All Rights Reserved.
Advanced permission from Delmarva Broadcasting Company required for publication or rebroadcast.