Jurors reach guilty verdict in state police ambush case

Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin is seeking the death penalty against Eric Frein, who's charged in the 2014 attack that killed Cpl.

"Today justice was served and a brutal murderer will be held accountable for his heinous and cowardly acts against members of the Pennsylvania State Police", he said in a statement.

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.

Frein shot Dickson in the chest and through the shoulders and spine from a distance of 87 yards, waited almost 90 seconds until Trooper Alex Douglass came to Dickson's aid and then shot him, too, Tonkin said.


Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin, outside the courtroom on Wednesday, said, "As you can see, the jury took this case seriously and looked at all the evidence and rendered a very serious verdict in the courtroom this afternoon". Pennsylvania last used the death penalty in 1999.

"We can't make him a holy man but we will try to make him a man", Ruzzo said.

"It will be the same jury of eight women and four men who convicted Frein Wednesday that will begin the process of deciding if he lives or dies starting on Thursday".

Among the evidence the jury weighed was a letter that prosecutors said showed he harbored anti-government views and the shooting was aimed at sparking a "revolution". Another trooper, who ran to Dickson's aid, was left debilitated after the attack.


Eric Frein was convicted on a total of 12 charges, including first-degree murder, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.

He faces a potential death sentence.

The outcome of Eric Frein's trial is not in doubt.

After the prosecution finished its case Tuesday morning, the defense called no witnesses and presented no evidence.


The final prosecution witness in his trial was a forensic pathologist who testified that both gunshots that struck Corporal Bryan Dickson II, 38, in the ambush outside the Blooming Grove barracks on September 12, 2014 were lethal to him.


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