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Jurors Consider Death for Poplawski, After Guilty Verdict

June 27, 2011  | 

Deputy District Attorney Mark V. Tranquilli urged jurors to give Richard Poplawski the death penalty for gunning down three Pittsburgh Police officers in a hail of gunfire at his home in April 2009.

"It is for you to decide — what does he deserve for what he did?" Tranquilli asked during his 30-minute opening statement. "In Allegheny County, we save the death penalty for the worst of the worst — people like Richard Poplawski."

The jury from Dauphin County on Saturday convicted Poplawski of 28 counts related to the shootings, including three counts of first-degree murder.

Poplawski, 24, shot and killed Officers Eric G. Kelly, 41, Stephen J. Mayhle, 29, and Paul J. Sciullo II, 36, in the April 4 shootout.

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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John Russell @ 6/27/2011 4:47 PM

Why in THE "F" do you want the death penalty for this guy but if three normal innocent persons are gunned down it's life in Prison..maybe he should get only 20 years for being ""brave enough" to fight back HUH?

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