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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