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Apr 27, 1:09 AM EDT

Trooper ambush killer sentenced to death in Pennsylvania

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MILFORD, Pa. (AP) -- The bell atop the Pike County Courthouse last tolled the fate of a condemned killer in the 1980s.

On Wednesday, it rang again.

Eric Frein (freen), the would-be revolutionary who shot two Pennsylvania troopers, one fatally, was sentenced to death late Wednesday. The jury's decision that Frein should die by lethal injection brought a shout of "yes!" from a gallery that included high-ranking state police brass, the slain officer's mother and the trooper who suffered debilitating injuries after Frein shot him with a high-powered rifle.

District Attorney Ray Tonkin says the jury delivered a penalty that is "so richly deserved" by Frein.

His lawyers promise an appeal.

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