On Wednesday, a federal jury voted to sentence Robert Bowers to death for killing 11 worshipers at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue in 2018.
A federal jury on Wednesday sentenced unanimously to death Robert Bowers, who in 2018 shot and killed 11 worshipers in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, wounded two and five intervening police officers.
It is the first federal death penalty imposed during a president’s administration Joe Bidenwhich introduced a moratorium on executions.
Attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh
The shooting took place on October 27, 2018. Bowers then entered the Tree of Life synagogue and fired his rifle at the congregation, killing 11 of them, wounding two and five intervening policemen. He surrendered when he ran out of ammunition.
The jury found him guilty of all 63 counts, including hate crimes and crimes against life and limb, and found Bowers eligible for the death penalty.
In the last phase of the trial, prosecutors argued that the man had committed murders out of hatred for Jews, and also noted his lack of remorse.
– He turned an ordinary Jewish Sabbath into the worst anti-Semitic mass shooting in history USA and he’s proud of it,” prosecutor Eric Olshan told CNN.
None of the jurors found Bowers “suffering from delusions”
Bowers’ defense pointed to his difficult childhood and mental health problems, including a delusional belief system revealed during the research, and a diagnosis of schizophrenia and epilepsy.
None of the jurors, however, concluded that the killer “suffers from delusions”, that “he is a person suffering from schizophrenia” or that he “committed the crime under the influence of a mental or emotional disorder”.
The jury also disagreed with the opinion that he was “an exemplary pre-trial prisoner” and “behaved with respect in court”.
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