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Eric Frein found guilty, sentencing phase set to get underway

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MILFORD, Pa. - A jury has found accused cop killer Eric Frein guilty of murder.

It took the jury less than four hours to convict Frein on all 12 charges including murder, attempted murder, criminal homicide, and assault on a law enforcement officer.

Jurors announced the guilty verdict just before 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Frein ambushed Blooming Grove state police barracks in the Poconos in September of 2014 where he shot and killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson II and seriously wounded Trooper Alex Douglass.

Prosecutors said Frein ambushed the troopers in hopes of sparking a revolution.

"The jury took this case very seriously. They looked at all the evidence and rendered a very serious verdict," said Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin.

Tonkin's office is seeking the death penalty for Frein.

After the verdict was handed down, Frein's defense team said now their real work begins.

"The next step is very important to us.  We've been preparing for it for over two years. We're hoping to save Mr. Frein's life," said William Ruzzo.

The sentencing phase is expected to start on Thursday afternoon and last several days. During that time jurors will consider either death of life in prison without parole. 

Governor Tom Wolf released a statement regarding the conviction saying, “Today justice was served and a brutal murderer will be held accountable for his heinous and cowardly acts against members of the Pennsylvania State Police. On behalf of all Pennsylvanians, I want to express my sincere gratitude for the sacrifices made every day by the men and women of the Pennsylvania State Police and their families to keep their fellow citizens safe.”


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