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Dylann Roof Gets 9 Life Sentences — and Could Still Be Executed, Too

Charleston church pleads guilty to all state charges on Monday after being sentenced to death in federal court three months ago

Dylann Roof, the man responsible for the Charleston church shooting that killed nine people in June 2015, pleaded guilty to all state charges Monday afternoon.

Roof was sentenced to death by a federal jury back in January for his attack on the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a historically-black church, during which he sat in on a bible study for over half-an-hour before shooting the black churchgoers in attendance. He was reported to have stood over his victims while shooting them repeatedly and reloaded seven times during the attack.

After entering a guilty plea at the Charleston County Courthouse, Roof was sentenced to nine consecutive life sentences and three consecutive 30-year sentences for first-degree murder charges, three attempted murder charges, and one weapons charge.

Roof will now be transferred to a federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana, to begin his death row sentence.

“This is the surest way to see that Dylann Roof is executed,” Scarlett A. Wilson, solicitor for the state’s Ninth Judicial Circuit, said in a statement following the hearing. “We hope that today truly will close a chapter for these victims.”