Sep 30, 2021 - Politics & Policy

California synagogue shooter sentenced to life in prison

Photo of the exterior of the Chabad of Poway Synagogue on a sunny day

The Chabad of Poway Synagogue after in Poway, California after a gunman opened fire in April 2019. Photo: Sandy Huffaker/AFP via Getty Images

The 22-year-old man who committed a mass shooting at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in 2019 has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, AP reports.

Why it matters: It's one of several hate crimes that have targeted the Jewish community in recent years.

  • After killing one worshipper and wounding three others with a semiautomatic rifle on the last day of Passover, John T. Earnest told a 911 dispatcher that he was "defending our nation against the Jewish people."

Details: Earnest avoided the death penalty through an agreement with prosecutors.

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