Sep 30, 2021 - Politics & Policy
California synagogue shooter sentenced to life in prison
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.
- He also pleaded guilty to federal charges after the Justice Department said it would not seek the death penalty. He will be sentenced in federal court on Dec. 28.