Survivalist Who Killed State Trooper Hears Fate

Eric Frein taunted cops after 2014 ambush
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2017 12:03 AM CDT
Survivalist Sentenced to Death for Killing State Trooper
Eric Frein is escorted by police out of the Pike County Courthouse after his Oct. 31, 2014, arraignment in Milford, Pa.   (AP Photo/Rich Schultz, File)

A survivalist who eluded police in northeast Pennsylvania for seven weeks after killing a state trooper in a 2014 ambush has been sentenced to death. Eric Frein, 33, was found guilty last week on charges including first-degree murder, the BBC reports. The jury deliberated for five hours Wednesday before deciding on the death penalty for Frein, who wounded a second trooper in the ambush outside trooper barracks in Blooming Grove, reports CNN. Prosecutors said Frein, who taunted police while hiding out in the woods and scoffed at the search in his journal, wanted to start an anti-government uprising. Pennsylvania has a moratorium on the death penalty, so Frein is likely to end up serving a life sentence on death row. (More Eric Frein stories.)

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