Poway Synagogue Shooter Pleads Guilty, Will Receive Life in Prison

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The man who opened fire in a southern California synagogue on Passover 2019, killing one and wounding three, has pled guilty to murder.

The AP reports that John T. Earnest, 22, entered the plea in a San Diego court in order to avoid the death penalty.

He will serve life in prison without possibility of parole.

The shooting at Chabad of Poway occurred on the last day of Passover. Congregant Lori Gilbert-Kaye was killed, while among the wounded were an 8-year-old girl and the synagogue’s rabbi.

Earnest was motivated by antisemitic and white supremacist motives, claiming that Jews want to “destroy all white people.”

Earnest will be tried on further charges in federal court, and may face the death penalty there.

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