April 1st, 2010
07:02 PM ET

Man convicted of killing doctor sentenced to life in prison

[Updated at 7:01 p.m.] Read the full CNN.com story

[Updated at 6:55 p.m.] Roeder will not be eligible for parole for 50 years. He was facing a minimum mandatory life sentence but a Kansas judge had the power to decide whether he could be eligible for parole after 25 years or after 50 years.

[Posted at 6:51 p.m.] Scott Roeder, the man convicted of killing a Kansas doctor in May 2009, was sentenced to life in prison Thursday.

Roeder was convicted in January of murdering George Tiller after jurors deliberated only 37 minutes. Tiller was shot to death in the foyer of Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita, Kansas, as Sunday services began. He operated a clinic in Wichita where late-term abortions were performed.


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  1. ross berg

    IMHO they were both in the wrong. The abortionist from what he was doing ( albeit "legal") and Roeder for committing murder.

    I guess the good news here is that there are fewer and fewer Dr's doing late term abortions and according to a report just done by CNN there are none at all in 34 states and only one in another 12 states. In the states with only a single abortionist most of them are nearing retirement age and younger Dr's are not expected to continue their practices. Therefore in the near future late term abortion will be a thing of the past.

    At that is good news!!!

    April 2, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dan

    are these kooks representative of social conservatives and christianity in our society? what about the armed christian group that wanted to overthrow the government. what about the christian group that protests at funerals of fallen soldiers. scary

    April 2, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Judith

    This domestic terrorist deserves to spend the rest of his life behind bars. The judge in the case made a very wise statement when he said that just because a person has sincere beliefs that something may be very wrong, that gives them no right to commit violence. Roe vs. Wade is the law of the land and since men don't get pregnant why did this criminal creep feel he had right to play judge and jury on what is a woman's issue.

    April 2, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Judith

    Sorry, you zealous pro-lifers. Abortion has never been defined as "murder" and a fetus is not a "baby". I should know, I have three wonderful chidren and they were not babies until they came into this world. All my pregnancies were planned and my babies welcome, but neither you nor I have the right to tell another woman whether she has to carry a fetus to term. That is her choice. We should stay out of it–a woman's body is her own possession and no one has the right to tell her she had to give birth if she chooses not to so. It is the law of the land–get over it! If you don't trust a woman with a choice, then surely you shouldn't trust her with a child!

    April 2, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jason

    This man should have been sentenced to death. He willfully sought out, and plotted to murder another man. He did so with full knowledge of his actions. He rationalized his crime of murder by using his faith to justify that act. Through his dogmatic views he convinced himself that he was doing something good. This is the logic of religious fundamentalist. The same logic that lead to the Salem Witch Hunts, Spanish Inquisition,the Nazi Concentration Camps, and Islamic suicide bombers.

    April 2, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lester Ewing

    I agree wit Judith on this one, even though me and my wife will never indulge in abortions. But every woman that have had an abortion mite of had a damn good reason so we can't criticize her. And for the murderer, she could have have just prayed for the Abortionist and just put it in God's hands. So with that being said I feel by the murderer receiving prison time "JUSTICE WAS SERVED"!!!!!!

    April 7, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
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