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Tell Us: Death or Life in Prison for Hitcho?

Should George Hitcho be sentenced to death or life in prison for his first-degree murder conviction?

A Northampton County jury in the first degree Thursday in the Robert Lasso.

The case now enters the penalty phase in which Hitcho will be sentenced to either death or life in prison.

Tell us what you think by voting in our poll and adding your comments below.

Three people have been executed since Pennsylvania reinstituted capital punishment in 1978. There were two executions in 1995 and one in 1999. In those cases, the convicts ended appeals and asked for death, according to a Philly.com report.

Hitcho shot Lasso as the officer responded to a complaint called in by a neighbor on Aug. 11. Lasso was fighting off a pair of snarling dogs with his back to the rear door of the home when Hitcho opened fire and killed him.

The jury dismissed defense arguments that Hitcho's mental ability was impaired by a series of head injuries and that he was afraid and angry and did not shoot Lasso with any malicious intent.

BethTwp May 19, 2012 at 02:42 AM
There really is no difference between life in prison and the death penalty. There are many sitting on death row for over 30 years. We are footing the bills.
marc swann June 01, 2012 at 10:52 PM
moron. the death penalty is the most expensive punishment there is. research something before you post. what a barbaric society, killing a man for killing.
marc swann June 01, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Harding, your mind is already clouded. Its a fact. Research it, don't say you wish you knew.
marc swann June 01, 2012 at 10:56 PM
wendy, life has been too easy for you. you're a hateful woman and may god have more mercy on you than you do your fellow man. you are filled with hatred.
marc swann June 01, 2012 at 10:59 PM
WHO DO YOU PEOPLE THINK YOU ARE? WHO MORGANELLI AND JUDGE BELTRAMI AND JURY DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? HOW DARE YOU SENTENCE A MAN TO DEATH. HOW DARE YOU GIVE YOURSELF THE RIGHT THAT ONLY BELONGS TO GOD. HOW DARE YOU KILL A MAN AS PUNISHMENT FOR KILLING A MAN. MAY YOU ALL HAVE YOUR EYES OPENED ONE DAY TO THE EVIL YOU PERPETUATE.

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