United States church shooter handed nine life sentences
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 14, 2017,
Apr 14, 2017, 13:26
Convicted Charleston Church shooter Dylann Roof plead guilty to state murder charges on Monday.
Prosecutor Scarlett Wilson (C) talks to the media outside the Charleston County Courthouse after Dylann Roof plead guilty to state murder charges in the June 2015 Charleston church shooting that left nine black churchgoers dead in Charleston, South Carolina April 10, 2017.
The records were two of dozens made public Tuesday for the first time by Gergel, a day after Roof pleaded guilty in state court and received nine life sentences for his nine victims.
As the Associated Press notes, the move now leaves Roof awaiting execution in federal prison and also spares his surviving victims and the families who lost loved ones the burden of going through a second trial.
He is now awaiting to face federal charges for the shooting that could give him to the death penalty.
"I'm the one who forgave you in the bond hearing, and I still do today", Nadine Collier, daughter of slain parishioner Ethel Lance, said of that early court proceeding, as quoted by the Post and Courier. "We will have the opportunity to be reunited one day".
Roof was sentenced to death for killing nine people for the racist attack in 2015.
"I have not shed a tear for the innocent people I killed", the notes said. "I just want to say, have mercy on your soul".
But Eva Dilligard, whose sister Susie Jackson was slain by Roof, said, "I think somebody doing something like that, he should get death".
During last December's trial, prosecutors showed videos and journals that proved that Roof killed his victims because they were black.
Standing shackled in a striped prison jumpsuit beside his attorney, Roof on Monday told the court he understood he would serve life in prison without eligibility for parole. "We're just as sorry as we can be that this happened". "I will go to my grave not understanding".
Wilson also said she believed the federal government is now "more committed" to the death penalty than in the past, and that she expects it will be implemented. He said those documents will remained sealed but the federal court judge may release them after they have been redacted. "I'm a child of God but he hurt the entire family". Charleston attorney Andy Savage, who represents several of the families, said the arrangement to transfer Roof to a federal institution and away from Charleston "is the preference of all victims that I represent".
While Roof has refused to express any sign of regret or pain over his actions, his grandfather spoke in court Monday to extend the family's apologies for Roof's actions.