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Charleston Church Shooter Dylann Roof Sentenced To Death

Dylann Roof, who was convicted in December on all charges related to the 2015 killing of nine black worshipers at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, was sentenced to death Tuesday. Roof represented himself during the sentencing phase of the trial and told the jury, “I felt like I had to do it, and I still do feel like I had to do it,” though he still asked jurors to spare his life. “From what I’ve been told, I have a right to ask you to give me a life sentence, but I’m not sure what good that will do anyway,” he said. “But what I will say is only one of you has to disagree with the other jurors.” The decision to hand Roof the death penalty was unanimous on all fronts, including that the crime was racially motivated and that he showed no remorse for his actions. Roof, 22, is the first person sentenced to death for a federal hate crime.

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