We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Dylann Roof AP
hate crime

White supremacist Dylann Roof sentenced to death for killing nine black churchgoers

The US Justice Department said he is the first person to get the death penalty for federal hate crimes.

A FEDERAL JURY has sentenced Dylann Roof to death for killing nine black church members in a racially motivated attack in 2015.

Roof faced either life in prison or execution for the mass shooting in Charleston, South Carolina on 17 June 2015. The Justice Department said he is the first person to get the death penalty for federal hate crimes.

The jury reached a decision after about three hours of deliberations.

Roof was convicted last month of all 33 federal charges against him. During sentencing, he represented himself and told jurors he didn’t have a mental illness. He didn’t offer any remorse or ask that his life be spared.


In a lengthy confession, Roof told FBI agents he wanted to bring back segregation or perhaps start a race war with the slayings.

Earlier, the jury asked US District Judge Richard Gergel for clarification on some of the mitigating factors they were being asked to consider, including if Roof could safely be confined if he were sentenced to life in prison.

Jurors also asked to re-watch a speech by the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, who was one of the nine people Roof killed during the Bible study meeting.

Read: ‘There’s nothing wrong with me psychologically’: Mass killer Dylann Roof refuses to apologise

Read: White supremacist Dylann Roof will not rely on psychiatric evidence, calling it ‘a Jewish invention’

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Associated Foreign Press
Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.