Shooter Who Killed 23 at Texas Walmart Sentenced to 90 Life Terms

By Reuters
July 7, 2023US News
Shooter Who Killed 23 at Texas Walmart Sentenced to 90 Life Terms
El Paso Walmart accused mass shooter Patrick Crusius accused of killing 22 and injuring 25, is arraigned in El Paso, Texas, on Oct. 10, 2019. (Mark Lambie/Pool via Reuters)

A federal judge on Friday sentenced an extremist to 90 consecutive life terms in prison for a 2019 shooting in which he killed 23 people and wounded 22 others at a Texas Walmart while targeting Hispanics, the El Paso Times newspaper reported.

The sentencing by U.S. District Judge David Guaderrama in El Paso adheres to a plea agreement from February in which shooter Patrick Crusius, 24, pleaded guilty to and agreed to 90 consecutive life sentences in order to avoid the federal death penalty.

The shooter still faces Texas state charges that could result in the death penalty.

His federal sentencing followed two days of emotional testimony from witnesses, some of the 22 wounded survivors as well as relatives of the 23 dead who delivered impact statements in the presence of the shooter.

Prosecutors said the shooter drove more than 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) overnight from suburban Dallas to the border city of El Paso, carrying out the massacre on Aug. 3, 2019, with a Romanian derivative of the AK-47 and hollow-point ammunition.

The shooter’s attorney, Joe Spencer, said he could not comment until after sentencing. At the time of the guilty plea in February, Mr. Spencer told reporters, “There are no winners in this case. He’s going to be serving 90 consecutive life sentences.”

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