Scott Roeder, the man convicted of murdering Wichita abortion provider George Tiller, was sentenced Thursday to the "Hard 50," meaning Roeder will serve 50 years before being eligible for parole.
Roeder was also sentenced to a year for each of the two counts of aggravated assault. It all totals to life in prison without a chance of parole for 52 years.
As Roeder was leaving the courtroom, he yelled at prosecutors that the blood of the unborn is on their hands. Security quickly escorted him out of the courtroom.
In January, a Wichita jury convicted Roeder of first-degree murder for killing Tiller as well as two counts of aggravated assault against two witnesses. Jurors deliberated for less than an hour.
his statement before the court Thursday, Roeder said he didn't think he
deserved the Hard 50. He claimed his views had been
silenced by the court. He described late-term abortion procedures. He
claimed he killed Tiller "so he couldn't kill again." The decision was
to do so was most agonizing. He called Tiller a "hit man" for
the state of Kansas and spoke of judgment day coming and God
avenging the deaths of aborted babies. Then he started reading from Why shoot an abortionist? by Paul Hill, who was executed for murdering an abortion provider.
And it went on and on and on. It was as if Roeder were trying to filibuster his way out.
Judge Warren Wilbert grew tired of it all.
Wilbert told Roeder that his sentencing
hearing was his chance to convince him that he should get a lesser
sentence, "not a soapbox for your political views."
Other notable moments from today's sentencing:
celebrated Tiller's killing and called it justifiable, told the court that Roeder yearns to be a
"law abiding citizen." Leach said Roeder killed Tiller out of love. He remembered
Roeder sharing a story of being cold in his jail cell and no one would
give him anything for warmth. Except the lord, who provided toilet
paper. Roeder wrapped himself in toilet paper to keep warm.
noting Roeder's "lack of remorse" and calling the killing an "act of
domestic terrorism" and a "gutless act of terror in a house of
worship." He spoke of Tiller's love and devotion for his family. He
also talked about Tiller's patients, and their appreciation for him.
claimed his only option for stopping Tiller from aborting unborn babies
was to shoot and kill the doctor at a church service.