April 28, 2017

Frein joins 171 people on Pennsylvania’s death row

MILFORD – Eric Frein was formally sentenced to death on Thursday, for killing a State Police trooper in a carefully planned ambush, two and a half years ago.  Pike County Court Judge Gregory Chelak imposed the sentence, following the three-week trial.  The jury, brought in front Chester County, convicted Frein on all 12 counts, and then was unanimous, as reqired, in imposing the death penalty. 

Whether Eric Frein will be put to death and when are questions not answered when the jury agreed that capital punishment was the appropriate outcome of the trial. 

In February 2015, Gov. Tom Wolf placed a moratorium on executions pending a review by the Pennsylvania Task Force and Advisory Commission on Capital Punishment, 

There are currently 171 people on Pennsylvania’s death row.  The last execution in the state was in 17 years ago, 1999.  Only three executions have taken place since 1976. 

Other Pocono area residents awaiting execution:

  • Michael Parrish, convicted of killing girlfriend Victoria Adams and their infant child, in Monroe County in 2009
  • Michael Conforti, convicted of raping, kidnapping and killing Kathleen Harbison in Wayne County in 1990.

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