The massacre occurred on August 3, 2019 in Texas, United States. They have not yet ruled out sentencing him to the death penalty.
Patrick Crusius, who four years ago shot and killed 23 people in a market in El Paso, Texas, was sentenced this Friday to 90 life sentences and even They do not rule out condemning him to the death penalty.
The 24 year old pleaded guilty in February of this year of nearly 50 federal charges for hate crimesDue to the massacre that perpetrated on August 3, 2019 in a Walmart store, in what went down in history as one of the America’s Most Tragic Racist Attacks.
During the hearing, the defendant, who remained handcuffed throughout the entire time, did not speak and he also showed no reaction as the verdict was read.
District Judge David Guaderrama asked to be sent to ADX Florence, a maximum security prison located in Fremont County, Colorado, and subjected to a mental health treatment.
Crusius is still facing another trial in a Texas court that could lead to the death penaltyaccording to the ANSA news agency.
His attorney, Joe Spencer, acknowledged to the magistrate before sentencing that his client has the “broken brain” and that his “thought is at odds with reality, giving rise to delusional thoughts“.
The sentence was handed down after two days in which several relatives of the victims testified, among them Mexican citizens and one German.
The El Paso massacre: one of America’s most tragic racist crimes
On August 3, 2019, Patrick Crusius drove nearly 10 hours and nearly 1,000 kilometers from North Texas to El Paso to carry out the massacre.
Minutes before, he had made a publication on his social networks in which he referred to a “invasion” of immigrants to the United States. He defined himself as a white nationalist.
According to a police report, the author acknowledged that once he arrived at the store he opened fire “using an AK-47 (assault rifle) and shooting multiple innocent victims.” “The defendant said that his target was the mexicans“, can be read at the end of the document.
people killed they ranged in age from a 15-year-old high school athlete to several seniors. Among them were immigrants, a retired city bus driver, teachers, shopkeepers and several Mexican citizens who had crossed the US border on routine shopping trips.
The attack was the deadliest of a dozen hate crime-related mass shootings in the United States since 2006, according to the newsper. usa today and Northeastern University.
With information from Telam.