Kopp sentenced for Slepian murder

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An anti-abortion activist sentenced Friday for the 1998 shooting death of a New York state doctor says abortion providers are “murderers” who use “weapons of mass destruction.” During his sentencing in a Buffalo courtroom, 48-year-old James Kopp said he wished he could “do 10 life sentences or 10 death penalties to save unborn children.”

Kopp was sentenced to the maximum 25 years to life in prison for the sniper shooting of Doctor Barnett Slepian, an obstetrician-gynecologist who was shot in his suburban Buffalo home. Kopp, who lived for a time in Swanton, Vermont, fled the country after the shooting and was one of the FBI’s most-wanted fugitives until his arrest in France in March 2001.

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