Life term added to death sentence of Pa. killer

September 6, 2011 - 5:25 PM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A life prison term has been added to the death sentence for a man convicted of killing three Pittsburgh police officers.

A judge on Tuesday sentenced 24-year-old Richard Poplawski (pahp-LAW'-skee) to 85 to 190 years in prison on other charges related to the crime, including attempted homicide and assault.

Poplawski fatally shot officers Paul Sciullo (SHOO'-loh) II, Stephen Mayhle (MAY'-lee) and Eric Kelly in April 2009 after they responded to a domestic dispute at his mother's home. An hours-long standoff ensued. Poplawski fired on other officers, including those who tried to rescue Kelly.

A jury imposed the death penalty on Poplawski in June after he was convicted of first-degree murder.

As Poplawski entered the Allegheny County courtroom on Tuesday, he told reporters: "This is far from over. I'll be back."