A man convicted of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper in a 2014 ambush was sentenced to death Wednesday. But odds are he will never be executed.

A jury said Eric Frein, 33, should be executed in the Sept. 12, 2014 sniper attack that killed state Cpl. Bryon Dickson and wounded another trooper.

Frein was the subject of a six-week manhunt until he was arrested on Oct. 30, 2014. He was convicted last week of 12 charges, including first-degree murder and terrorism. He’d faced the possibility of life in prison or the death penalty.

Frein opened fire on Dickson during a shift change, and shot trooper Alex Douglass after he came to his colleague’s aid, authorities have said.

It’s unclear when or if the death penalty could be carried out. Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, has imposed a moratorium on the death penalty, and Pennsylvania’s last execution took place in 1999, NBC News reports.


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