Government Wants Death Penalty For Synagogue Shooter

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( – On Thursday it was determined that Robert Bowers, the shooter who had killed 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue was eligible for the death penalty.

The federal jury stated that the man could receive the death penalty, before proceeding with the trial. Testimony and further evidence must be heard before the case can move forward to the sentencing stage. The jury sided with the prosecution, who had claimed that Bowers had the intent to kill which is a legal requirement for him to be eligible for the federal death penalty.

In June, Bowers was found guilty on all counts, which included 22 counts that carry the death penalty. His defense attorneys have offered a plea deal, which would require Bowers to serve a life sentence without parole. However, prosecutors turned the plea deal down.

On October 27th, 2018, Bowers had gone to the Tree of Life synagogue and opened fire on worshippers. The shooting resulted in the death of 11 people and in 7 others being badly injured. Prosecutors claimed during the trial that Bowers had spent months planning the attack.

Bowers’s legal team tried to argue that he was mentally ill and had delusional beliefs which included that he could stop a genocide against white people by murdering Jewish people. Song, however, had opposed these claims, arguing that Bowers did not show remorse or regret over the killing and had considered killing other Jewish targets. He added that Bowers’s social media accounts included other antisemitic threats posted prior to the attack.

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