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Convicted cop killer sentenced to death

PITTSBURGH (WPXI/CNN) - The man convicted of killing three Pittsburgh police officers more than two years ago was sentenced to death.

Richard Poplawski, a three-time convicted cop killer, appeared to be unmoved by the jury sending him to death row.

Prosecutor Mark Tranquilli said he had a solid case, but the victim impact statements weighed heavily on the jury.

"I think those 12 people from the jury I think they really connected with what ultimately the families of our fallen heroes had to say," he said. "This was a long road I don't think any of this could have been possible without the quiet grace of the Sciullo family, the Kelly family, and the Mayhle family."

Defense attorney William Brennan said he will appeal.

"When you have a trial that spans the length that this one did, you have a lot of issues that can be raised, and you won't know specifics until you read all transcripts, the records," Brennan said.

The defense has 120 days to file its appeal.

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