Death Penalty for Dustin Briggs Vacated

BRADFORD COUNTY -- A man sentenced to death for killing two sheriff's deputies in Bradford County will now spend life in prison.

A judge in Centre County vacated the death penalty for Dustin Briggs.

According to the Bradford County district attorney, the jury was given a single verdict slip at trial when they should have been given a verdict slip for each murder. Briggs' attorneys say that does not comply with the death penalty statute and the attorney general's office agreed. The judge signed the order on April 3.

Briggs was convicted of shooting deputies Christopher Burgert and Michael VanKuren while they attempted to serve at warrant at Briggs home in 2004.

Christopher Burgert, Michael VanKuren

4 comments

  • i quit..

    LET US HAVE JUDGE’S NAME. TIME TO END APPOINTED JUDGES AND NAME OF THOSE ELECTED. SO WE CAN GET RID OF THEM..

  • amy muchelle bull

    This is sicking to me as I grew up around vankuren I feel for his family and Chris family too this scumbag should be on death row thank god Briggs will answer for it at the end if his life and to have no remorse is even worse scumbag

  • Robert J Mills

    The Judge needs to be serve out the sentence of Death. He obviously knows more than the jury. What a disgusting piece of trash he is. Why do we even have a jury system when a liberal a&&hole can just over rule them. This man needs to die.

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