Criminal Law

Shooter Who Killed 10 at a Supermarket in Buffalo, New York to Face Death Penalty in Federal Case

Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a white supremacist who killed 10 Black people in a mass shooting at a Buffalo supermarket, they said in a court filing Friday. Payton Gendron, 20, is already serving a sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole after he pleaded guilty to state charges of murder and hate-motivated domestic terrorism in the 2022 attack.

The Justice Department, in the filing, said that “the United States believes the circumstances … are such that, in the event of a conviction, a sentence of death is justified.”

New York does not have capital punishment, but the Justice Department had the option of seeking the death penalty in a separate federal hate crimes case. The gunman had promised to plead guilty in that case if prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty.

Read the source article at CBS News

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