Dylan Roof headed to death row to serve 9 life sentences

The Charleston serial killer Dylan Roof will be transferred to Terre Haute, Indiana to serve as the 63rd person on federal death row.

He was sentenced to death in January by a federal judge for the massacre in June 2015 at the historically black church, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Roof, 23, was unapologetic during trail. The white supremacist planned to kill African-Americans. He opened fire in the church as God fearing believers closed their eyes to pray during Bible study in June 2015.

Assistant US Attorney Jay Richardson said the admitted white supremacist scouted out his target multiple times, and sat with the church group in a Bible study class for 40 minutes before shooting. Richardson said Roof pulled the trigger “more than 75 times … reloading seven times” as he stood over his victims, shooting them repeatedly.

He shot nine people to death and pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to all state charges. He pleaded guilty to nine murder charges, three attempted murder charges, and one weapons charge.

Dylan Roof was sentenced to nine consecutive life sentences and three consecutive 30-year sentences. “This is the surest way to see that Dylann Roof is executed,” said Scarlett A. Wilson, solicitor for the state’s Ninth Judicial Circuit. “We hope that today truly will close a chapter for these victims.”
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