WICHITA, Kan., Jan. 29 (UPI) -- A jury in Wichita, Kan., deliberated for 37 minutes Friday before convicting the anti-abortion activist who admitted killing Dr. George Tiller.
Scott Roeder, 51, faces life in prison for first-degree murder, The Kansas City Star reported. Prosecutors said they will ask for a "hard 50," meaning 50 years in prison with no parole, at his March 9 sentencing.
Tiller, whose Wichita clinic was one of the few in the country offering third-trimester abortions, was gunned down last year as he served as an usher at Reformation Lutheran Church. Roeder testified Thursday he has no regrets about the killing, saying he thought it was the only way to save babies.
Jeanne Tiller sat with her head bowed as she heard the verdict on her husband's killer. She left the courtroom with other family members without saying anything.
The family released a statement after the verdict through a lawyer thanking prosecutors and saying that "once again a Sedgwick County jury has reached a just verdict."
"At this time we hope that George can be remembered for his legacy of service to women, the help he provided for those who needed it, and the love and happiness he provided us as a husband, father and grandfather," the statement said.
Tiller was possibly the best-known abortion provider in the country. He was wounded several years ago when a woman shot him and successfully fought off legal challenges to his clinic.