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Unlicensed doctor pleads guilty to 3rd-degree murder in Philly abortion clinic case
PHILADELPHIA (AP) ' An unlicensed doctor pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the deaths of two babies who were born alive and then killed with scissors at a filthy Philadelphia abortion clinic.
Steven Massof, of Pittsburgh, pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree murder, murder conspiracy and other charges on Thursday.
The 49-year-old Massof is the fourth of 10 defendants to plead guilty in the case.
Seventy-year-old Dr. Kermit Gosnell is charged with killing seven babies and a woman who died after a botched abortion at the clinic he owned.
Massof's two murder counts could bring a life term, but he'll likely get a reduced sentence for his plea and potential cooperation.
He remains in custody. He graduated from a foreign medical school, but was not licensed to practice medicine.