Buffalo Mass Shooter Pleads Guilty
(NewsReady.com) – Payton S. Gendron parked his vehicle at a Tops Supermarket in Buffalo on May 14, got out, and opened fire. Over the next several minutes, he killed 10 people and injured three others. Months after the shooting, he has now pleaded guilty to the murders.
On November 28, Gendron pleaded guilty to 15 of the 25 charges in the indictment. He admitted to 10 counts of first-degree murder, three counts of attempted second-degree murder as a hate crime, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and first-degree domestic terrorism motivated by hate. Ten counts of second-degree murder as a hate crime were dismissed because he pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder charges.
The victims’ families spoke out after the killer pleaded guilty. According to WGRZ, some of them were angry about the way Gendron looked in court, saying they weren’t expecting him to be clean-shaven.
After the shooting, police found a manifesto that espoused racist ideals. New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office released a report attributing Gendron’s radicalization, in part, to online platforms.
The shooter will receive an automatic life sentence without the possibility of parole. He’s also facing the death penalty from a federal court. His sentencing in state court will take place on February 15, 2023.
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