Survivalist who ambushed police seeks to avoid death penalty

Survivalist who ambushed police seeks to avoid death penalty

Survivalist who ambushed police seeks to avoid death penalty

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.

Frein was accused of hiding in a forest in September of 2014 and opening fire with a sniper's rifle in an ambush on State Police barracks.

Frein, who led police on a 48-day manhunt through the Pocono Mountains before his capture by US marshals, faces a potential death sentence if he's convicted of killing Cpl. "We can't make him a holy man, but we're trying to make him a man".

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf says "justice was served" Wednesday when a jury convicted Eric Frein (freen) of first-degree murder and other counts in the 2014 attack. Frein's defense attorneys rested their case moments later, without calling any witnesses or offering any evidence. Bryon Dickson was killed, and a second trooper was shot through the hips and left debilitated.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Frein, who killed Cpl.

The same jury that convicted him after four hours of deliberations will reconvene on Thursday to hear evidence in the penalty phase of trial at Pike County Courthouse.

Before Dickson and Douglass were shot, Frein had been mulling an ambush for months, authorities said at the time.

The outcome of Eric Frein's trial was not in doubt. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, only three people have been executed since 1976, when the U.S. Supreme Court restored the death penalty in the state.

He also wrote a letter to his parents in which he advocated revolution as a way to "get us back the liberties we once had".

The prosecution, headed by Pike County DA Ray Tonkin, is expected to review all of the evidence presented during the nine days of testimony.

The search involved 1,000 law enforcement officials and spanned more than 300 square miles of the Pocono mountain wilderness in northeastern Pennsylvania.