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Frein Guilty on All Charges

MILFORD -- A jury has found Eric Frein guilty on all 12 charges in the ambush shooting and killing of state troopers in Pike County.

Frein was charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, first-degree murder and attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, several weapons charges, and terrorism.

Closing arguments in the case were heard Wednesday morning.  Jurors began deliberations around 1 p.m.

Frein was accused of the deadly ambush at the Blooming Grove state police barracks in September 2014 that left Corporal Bryon Dickson dead and Trooper Alex Douglass badly hurt.

Frein was captured after a 48-day manhunt in Monroe and Pike Counties inside an airplane hangar at the abandoned Birchwood - Pocono Airpark near Tannersville in Monroe County.

Search warrants revealed Frein was able to evade authorities for weeks by using his laptop and unsecured WiFi internet connections.

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The jury of eight women and four men from Chester County will now consider whether Frein should get the death penalty or spend the rest of his life in prison.

"This case is not yet over," said Pike County D.A. Ray Tonkin. "We have a serious and somber proceeding to go through. I hope businesses in the Poconos and all the residents take some solace that justice has been done to this date, and we'll be looking for full justice next week."

"We think that Eric deserves to live," said Frein's attorney Bill Ruzzo. "Eric Frein is a human being with the qualities of humanity that we all have, and he's had some lack of judgment as all of us do despite some acts that he may have committed, that he did commit, according to the jury beyond its reasonable doubt. I think that Eric deserves to live. He would be punished severely to live a long life in prison."

Frein's attorneys argued before the trial that the death penalty is unconstitutional and wanted it taken off the table.

It's likely fellow troopers and Corporal Dickson's family will be called to testify as well.

"We appreciate the work the jury has done and believe they reached the right verdict. Now we move onto penalty phase and obviously would like to see a death penalty verdict out of the jury next," said Major George Bivens, Pennsylvania State Police.

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    • Silverfish Imperetrix

      I remember when the story first broke, Frein was reported as saying a Statie was sexually harassing a female family member of his. Maybe he’ll take the stand and we’ll hear more about that. Of course, it could be BS.

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