- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 19, 2009

ST. POELTEN, AUSTRIA (AP) - A jury has convicted Austrian incest father Josef Fritzl of homicide and sentenced him to life imprisonment in a secure psychiatric facility.

Fritzl also was convicted of enslavement, rape, incest, forced imprisonment and coercion for holding his daughter captive for 24 years and fathering her seven children.

Fritzl accepted Thursday’s verdicts and waived his right to appeal.

The homicide count _ “murder by neglect” in German _ was the most serious of the charges against 73-year-old Fritzl, and the jury gave him the maximum punishment allowed by law.

The verdict brought a dramatic end to a case that has drawn worldwide attention.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

ST. POELTEN, Austria (AP) _ A jury has convicted Austrian incest father Josef Fritzl of homicide for the death in captivity of one of seven children he fathered with the daughter he imprisoned for 24 years.

Jurors did not immediately pronounce a sentence Thursday, but Fritzl faces up to life imprisonment for the charge

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