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Lawyer: Pa. abortion doc accepts guilty verdict

PHILADELPHIA — A defense lawyer says a Philadelphia abortion provider convicted of murder accepts the verdict and isn’t sorry he went to trial.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell was convicted of first-degree murder Monday in the deaths of three babies born alive. He agreed Tuesday to waive any appeals in exchange for being spared the death penalty.

The 72-year-old Gosnell was sentenced Tuesday to two consecutive life terms and is expected to get a third life term Wednesday. He will also be sentenced for involuntary manslaughter in a patient’s overdose death, and for performing illegal, third-term abortions.

Lawyer Jack McMahon says Gosnell gave up a somewhat better deal early on but wanted to air the issues in court and is satisfied that he did so. McMahon calls his client intelligent and says he accepts his sentence.

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