Slain troopers parents forgive suspected ambusher

Written by The Associated Press | May 4, 2015 2:23 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Matt Slocum

(Tobyhanna) - The parents of a murderedPennsylvania State Police trooper say they have forgiven his alleged killer. 

Bryon and Darla Dickson appeared at a church in the Pocono Mountains on Sunday morning to talk about how their lives have changed since their son was ambushed outside his northeastern Pennsylvania barracks in September.  

Thirty-one-year-old Eric Frein is charged with killing Corporal Bryon Dickson II and critically injuring Trooper Alex Douglass outside a state police barracks in Pike County.

The anti-government survivalist was captured after a 48-day manhunt.  

Dickson's parents say they are relying on their deep faith to get them through the loss of their son. Darla Dickson says Frein needs to face justice, but she forgives him because it helps her replace the hurt and pain. She says forgiveness "gives you hope for tomorrow.'' 

Frein has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.  

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