Coverage of the trial of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell

Former Gosnell Clinic Doc, Anesthesiologist Sentencing Continued

An unlicensed doctor and medical assistant who played roles in the "House of Horrors" will learn their fate

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    Lynda Williams, 45, and Steven Massof, 51, have both pled guilty to third-degree murder for their roles in Dr. Kermit Gosnell's now-defunct abortion clinic.

    Two employees of former abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell will need to wait several more months to be sentenced for their role in his West Philadelphia clinic dubbed a “House of Horrors.”

    Steven Massof and Lynda Williams were set to appear before Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner Tuesday morning. Both former employees had previously taken third-degree murder plea deals in exchange for their testimony during Dr. Gosnell’s capital murder trial.

    However, the sentencing was continued until September, according to court documents.

    Massof, 51, was an unlicensed doctor who worked at Dr. Gosnell’s clinic, the Women’s Medical Society, at 38th Street and Lancaster Avenue in the Mantua section of the city.

    Massof admitted to snipping the necks of at least 100 babies born alive during abortion procedures. The medical school graduate told a grand jury he would induce the mothers, deliver the babies, cut the umbilical cord and then sever the spinal cord.

    Williams was a medical assistant at the Women’s Medical Society. She also acted as the clinic’s anesthesiologist even though she only had an 8th grade education and no formal training.

    The 45-year-old administered four doses of pain killers and anesthesia during a 2009 abortion procedure that killed 41-year-old patient Karnamaya Mongar. She also admitted to snipping the neck of one of the babies Gosnell was charged with murdering.

    Both Massof and Williams could face decades in prison, but will most likely receive reduced sentences in exchange for their cooperation with the prosecution.