A central Pennsylvania jury has sentenced a man to death for killing a state game warden during a poaching investigation.
The Adams County jury issued its verdict in the penalty phase of Christopher Johnson’s trial around 9 p.m. Thursday, after several hours of deliberation. Jurors were deciding between giving Johnson life in prison or death in the killing of wildlife conservation officer David Grove.
Johnson was convicted earlier this week in Adams County of fatally shooting Grove in 2010.
Johnson spoke earlier Thursday and said he is sorry for the pain he has caused Grove’s relatives. He lamented that there is nothing he can do to bring Grove back.
On Wednesday, the jury heard from friends and relatives of both Grove, who was a graduate of Grace Academy in Hagerstown, and Johnson.