USA - Texas. Patrick Crusius, who killed 23 people, sentenced to 90 life terms

USA - Texas

13 July 2023 :

(JULY 7, 2023) - Patrick Crusius, who killed 23 people, sentenced to 90 life terms
Patrick Crusius, the mass shooter who killed 23 people at an El Paso Walmart in one of the deadliest attacks targeting Latinos in modern US history, was sentenced to 90 consecutive life terms by US District Judge David Guaderrama on Friday.
Prosecutors had recommended Crusius, 24, White, receive consecutive life sentences for each of the 90 federal charges, including hate crimes and firearms offenses, to which he pleaded guilty.
For Crusius, the punishment meted out Friday is just the beginning. He faces a potential death penalty in a separate state case, in which he has pleaded not guilty to capital murder.
People visit a makeshift memorial at the site of the August 2019 shooting in El Paso, Texas.
Authorities say Crusius rampaged through the El Paso Walmart with the sole intention of killing Mexican people and immigrants. At least eight of those killed were Mexican nationals.
The shooter had initially pleaded not guilty to the federal charges but changed his plea in February after prosecutors indicated they would not seek the death penalty.
A potential death sentence looms in the separate state trial, which El Paso District Attorney Bill Hicks anticipates will be held sometime in 2024 or 2025, but the date has yet to be set by a judge, according to his spokesperson Jennifer Cortes.


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