Murdered trooper's wife testifies in Eric Frein sentencing hearing

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Murdered trooper's wife testifies in Frein sentencing hearing. Gray Hall reports during Action News at 5pm on April 20, 2017. (WPVI)

The widow of a slain Pennsylvania State Police trooper has described the toll his death has taken on her and their two young sons.

Tiffany Dickson testified Thursday at a hearing to determine whether her husband's killer will be sentenced to death or to life in prison without parole.

Eric Frein was convicted of capital murder, terrorism and other offenses in the 2014 ambush that killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson II and critically wounded a second trooper.

Tiffany Dickson says her oldest son still wakes up at night screaming and has anger issues, while her youngest is defiant and hates school. She says she's sad and lonely and won't be able to grow old with her husband.

It was an emotional hour on the stand as the jury saw family pictures and heard about the day Tiffany got the knock on the door. Two state troopers and a priest showed up to tell her husband had been shot and killed.

Eric Frein arrested

A prosecutor urged jurors to sentence Frein to death. His lawyer asked for mercy.

Frein melted into the woods after taking four shots with a high-powered rifle, eluding capture for nearly seven weeks. Prosecutors say he opened fire on random troopers at the Blooming Grove barracks in the Pocono Mountains because he was trying to spark a revolution.

In a letter to his parents, he advocated revolution as a way to "get us back the liberties we once had."

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