Dylann Roof, Charleston Church Shooter Faces Death Penalty

By Ikenga Chronicles December 16, 2016

A South Carolina Judge has handed the death penalty to Dylann Roof, a high school dropout, aged 22 who killed nine black parishioners in a Charleston church in June 2015.

The jury found him guilty of all 33 federal charges he faced, including hate crimes, murder, attempted murder and obstruction of religious practices.

Barring appeal, the conviction means that Roof, 22, could either spend the rest of his life in prison or be subject to the death penalty.

Nine white jurors and three black jurors took less than three hours to come to a unanimous decision on the charges.

In addition to these federal convictions, Roof will also face a trial on state charges, scheduled for January. Roof could be sentenced to death in that trial too.

In a statement, South Carolina governor Nikki Haley said: “It is my hope that the survivors, the families, and the people of South Carolina can find some peace in the fact that justice has been served.”

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