Gosnell Case Moves to Penalty Phase

View more videos at: http://nbcphiladelphia.com. Kermit Gosnell changed into prison garb after his murder convictions and was escorted in shackles back to jail, where he will likely spend the rest of his life.

By Cheryl Sullenger

UPDATE: The Associated Press is reporting that Kermit Gosnell has reached an agreement to relinquish his right to appeal in exchange for two life sentences, thus avoiding the death penalty. He is set to be sentenced on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Gosnell’s Attorney Jack McMahon has told reporters that Gosnell accepts his fate and will now plead to the Federal drug charges instead of enduring another trial.
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Philadelphia, PA – 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.

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.

Gosnell Trial Archives

  • GUILTY! Gosnell Found Guilty of 3 Counts of First Degree Murder
  • Gosnell Jury Hung on 2 Counts; Ordered to Try Again
  • Defense Attorney in Gosnell Case Angry About Fox News Special, Judge Quizzes Jurors
  • Day Three of Jury Deliberations Keep Focus on Gosnell Co-Defendant with History of “Post-Traumatic Stress”
  • Jury Deliberations Begin in “House of Horrors” Murder Case
  • Impassioned Closing Arguments Stir Emotions in Gosnell Trial
  • Gosnell Defense Rests Without A Witness as Judge Clarifies Murder Charge Dismissal
  • Shocker: Gosnell Judge Dismissed 3 Murder Charges, Five Remain
  • Common Abortion Abuses Reflected in Gosnell Abortion Patient Testimony
  • Powerful Testimony of Horrific Abortion Abuses Ends Prosecution Case in Gosnell Murder Trial
  • Prosecution: Files Show Evidence of Illegal Late-Term Abortions by Gosnell
  • Family of Dead Abortion Patient Give Tearful Testimony at Gosnell Murder Trial
  • Carnage: Grisly Testimony and Photos of Aborted Baby Remains Dominate Gosnell Trial
  • #Gosnell ‘Tweet-Up’ Grabs Attention As Grisly Murder Trial Continues
  • Dead or Alive: Gosnell Defense Floats Theory That Babies were Dead When Necks Were Snipped
  • Mental Illness Plagued Gosnell Employees Who ‘Snipped’ Baby’s Necks
  • Gosnell Witness Recants Guilty Plea, Still Testifies of Abortion Horrors
  • Exception or Rule? Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” Not So Rare
  • Gosnell Employee: ‘It would rain fetuses. Fetuses and blood all over the place’
  • Gosnell Sister-in-Law Emotionally Testifies of Mongar Death, Disposal of Bloody Remains
  • Aborted Babies Dramatically Testify Against Gosnell at Murder Trial
  • Homicide Determination in Abortion Death Sparks Outburst, Anger at Gosnell Murder Trial
  • Fight Breaks Out At Gosnell Murder Trial
  • State Inspector’s Horrific Discoveries at Gosnell’s Abortion Clinic Described In Court
  • Prosecution Reconstructs Abortion Room in Court for Gosnell Murder Trial
  • Abortionist Gosnell Rejects Plea Deal, Jury Selection Underway in Capital Murder Case
  • Jury Selection to Begin in Murder Case of Abortionist that Snipped Newborn’s Spinal Cords
  • Documents

    Read the full Grand Jury Report
    View photos of Gosnell’s victims
    View the Gosnell gang’s mug shots and description of charges

    • Maureen O’Rourke

      I am very happy with the Gosnell verdict of convicting him of first degree murder for the babies. I live in Philadelphia, the stories I have read about the late-term abortions (and all abortions), absolutely horrified me and sickened me. I feel it is some vindication for the babies. Thank you for all your hard work in bringing this trial to the public’s attention.

    • Margaret

      I’m curious about the difference between first degree murder and infanticide, especially since both charges are involved in the death of one child. Can anyone explain?

    • Gina Bayer

      I’m not happy the Judge dismissed one of the babies from the case wheather he or she was wimpering, panting or already dead the baby was still past the legal age. But I’ve been following this case since he was busted and justice was served. My only lingering thoughts are the hundreds if not thousands of babies murdered on Sundays when only Pearl was a witness

    • They all belong in prison or on death row

    • Kathleen Neely

      thank you Jesus!!

    • Patty C.

      My profound gratitude to the staff of Operation Rescue, and many thanks for keeping this case in the public eye. Your diligence and strength is inspirational – may God bless you for your efforts. I feel honored to actually know real-life superheroes! Though Gosnell deserves the death penalty, I pray he lives out his years, caged with his memories. May they cause him to cry out to God, who is merciful and capable of changing his heart of stone and then use him in some astounding way to help end abortion in this nation for good.

    • Alex Metherell, MD, PhD

      As a physician and scientist I cannot fully express how horrific, evil and repulsive I find the work of this man and all other abortionists to be. That we would allow a “doctor” to rip apart a tiny human being inside the sanctuary of its mother’s womb in the name of “choice” is the cruelest and worst form of murder imaginable. What Gosnell did was much worse. He delivered viable, breathing, crying babies and “snipped” their cervical spinal cords at the base of their skulls which does not immediately kill them – it paralyses them from the neck down so that they are unable to breath and they suffocate to death quietly. All this is done to these innocent babies without the benefit of any pain killer or anesthesia. Eternity in hell is too good for this man.