Reporting Tony Hanson
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By Tony Hanson and Walt Hunter
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — West Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, convicted yesterday of murdering babies born alive, today agreed to give up his right to all future appeals in his case.
In exchange, Philadelphia prosecutors have agreed not to pursue the death penalty against the 72-year-old physician.
Gosnell was found guilty yesterday of first-degree murder for killing three babies born alive and viable during abortion procedures, and was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a woman who died at his clinic during a procedure (see related story). He was also convicted of numerous other charges related to violations at his clinic.
The deal comes amid a full day of negotiations between prosecutors and Gosnell’s defense attorneys.
Once the agreement was completed, Judge Jeffrey Minehart immediately imposed life in prison on Gosnell for two of the first-degree murder convictions.
The third first-degree murder case was held aside to give the family of the woman who died a chance to make a statement in court before Gosnell is sent to prison for the rest of his life.
Judge Minehart is expected to impose the third life sentence against Gosnell on Wednesday morning.