Man sentenced to death for killing Pa. game warden

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Posted: Oct 04, 2012 10:42 PM
Man sentenced to death for killing Pa. game warden

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man convicted of killing a Pennsylvania game warden during a poaching investigation has been sentenced to death.

An Adams County jury issued its verdict in the penalty phase of Christopher Johnson's trial Thursday night. Jurors had been deciding between giving Johnson life in prison or death in the 2010 killing of wildlife conservation officer David Grove.

Earlier Thursday, Johnson said he was sorry for the pain he had caused Grove's relatives.

On Tuesday, the jury deliberated less than an hour before convicting the 29-year-old Johnson of murder.

Investigators say Johnson and a friend had poached a deer before Grove pulled them over on a rural road near Gettysburg. The passenger says a shootout began.

Grove was the first Pennsylvania game warden killed in the line of duty in 95 years.