Jury deliberating case of ambush suspect Eric Frein

  • Jury deliberating case of ambush suspect Eric Frein

Jury deliberating case of ambush suspect Eric Frein

Trooper Alex Douglass embracing Major George Bivens after Eric Frein was found guilty on all charges.

Additional charges included aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, terrorism, using a weapon of mass destruction, possessing an instrument of crime, recklessly endangering others and firing a gun into an occupied structure. Bryon Dickson and wounding trooper Alex Douglass in September 2014 during a sniper attack on a police station during a shift change.

The defense, which called no witnesses and presented no evidence during the trial, is expected to call several witnesses, including Frein family members and experts, during the penalty deliberations.

The trial will now enter the penalty phase where, after hearing from witnesses from both sides, the jury will decide if Frein will be sentenced to life in prison or if he will receive the death penalty.

"Eric Frein is a human being, with the qualities of humanity that we all have", defense attorney William Ruzzo said. Bryon Dickson II and critically wounded a second trooper.

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

Prosecutors will ask the same jury that convicted 33-year-old Frein to send him to death row, while defense lawyers will argue for a sentence of life without parole.

He also worked on a letter to his parents, writing that "only passing through the crucible of another revolution can get us back the liberties we once had".

The District Attorney calling Frein a "terrorist" in his closing argument.

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

Pennsylvania has a moratorium on executions under Gov. Tom Wolf.

As the verdict was read, Frein was standing with his head down, hands folded in front of him. The dragnet shut down schools and roads and hurt businesses in the mountainous region, which leans heavily on tourism. 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.