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Dylann Roof

American mass murderer

Dylann Storm Roof[1] (born April 3, 1994) is an American white supremacist and mass murderer convicted for the Charleston church shooting on June 17, 2015.[2][3]

Dylann Roof
Born
Dylann Storm Roof

(1994-04-03) April 3, 1994 (age 25)
Criminal statusFound guilty of all charges and sentenced to death in federal court, pleaded guilty to all counts in state court and received nine life sentences; currently incarcerated at United States Penitentiary, Terre Haute #28509-171
MotiveWhite supremacy, desire to start a race war
Conviction(s)December 15, 2016 (federal)
April 10, 2017 (state; agreed to plead guilty on March 31, 2017)
Criminal chargeFederal (33 counts):
  • Hate crime act resulting in death (9 counts)
  • Hate crime act involving an attempt to kill (3 counts)
  • Obstruction of exercise of religion resulting in death (9 counts)
  • Obstruction of exercise of religion involving an attempt to kill and use of a dangerous weapon (3 counts)
  • Use of a firearm to commit murder during and in relation to a crime of violence (9 counts)

South Carolina State (13 counts):

PenaltyDeath (federal)
Life imprisonment (state)
Details
DateJune 17, 2015
c.  9:05 p.m. – c.  9:11 p.m.
Location(s)Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
Target(s)African American churchgoers
Killed9
Injured1
WeaponsGlock 41 .45-caliber handgun

On December 15, 2016, Roof was convicted in federal court of all 33 federal charges (including hate crimes) against him stemming from the shooting; on January 11, 2017, he was sentenced to death for those crimes.[4] In March 2017, he was sentenced life in prison without parole.[5] On April 10, 2017, Roof was sentenced to nine consecutive sentences of life without parole.[6][7][8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. United States Department of Justice (July 22, 2015). "Attorney General Lynch Statement Following the Federal Grand Jury Indictment Against Dylann Storm Roof". Press release. https://www.justice.gov/usao-sc/pr/attorney-general-lynch-statement-following-federal-grand-jury-indictment-against-dylann. 
  2. Dustin Waters & Mark Berman (December 15, 2016). "Dylann Roof found guilty on all counts in Charleston church massacre trial". Washington Post.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  3. Alan Blinder & Kevin Sack (December 15, 2016). "Dylann Roof Found Guilty in Charleston Church Massacre". New York Times.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  4. "Dylann Roof Gets Death Penalty For Racially Motivated Charleston Church Shooting". VannDigital. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
  5. Kinnard, Meg (March 31, 2017). "Dylann Roof to plead guilty to state murder charges, avoiding second death penalty trial". Chicago Tribune.
  6. "Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof pleads guilty to state murder charges". The Guardian. April 10, 2017. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  7. "Dylann Roof: Charleston Church Shooter Gets Nine Life Sentences in State Case". NBC NEWS. April 10, 2017. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  8. "Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof pleads guilty, awaits execution". Chicago Tribune. April 10, 2017. Retrieved April 11, 2017.