Abortion doctor’s killer eligible for parole in 25 years

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Scott Roeder

WICHITA, Kan. — The man convicted in 2010 in the murder of Kansas abortion provider George Tiller will have to serve at least 25 years of a life sentence before becoming eligible for parole.

At a resentencing hearing Wednesday, prosecutors withdrew their request that Scott Roeder serve at least 50 years before parole eligibility.

Roeder also was sentenced to an additional two years for two counts of aggravated assault.

Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett says prosecutors wanted to avoid reopening the wound for the victim’s family and the community.

Bennett cited the 58-year-old defendant’s declining health and the unlikelihood of him living long enough to ever get out of prison.

Defense attorney Mark Rudy says they are glad to put this to rest and don’t plan to appeal.

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