The trial of Dylann Roof, who murdered nine innocent church members in Charleston, South Carolina back in 2015, has officially come to an end. Sentencing in his trial was announced today and Roof, 22, was sentenced to the death penalty.
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Throughout the course of the trial Dylann Roof showed absolutely no remorse when detailing his horrific crimes and the same sentiment held true this afternoon when he heard that he would be sentenced to death. According to the New York Daily News, Roof is now the 63rd prisoner on federal death row, their report also notes that only three inmates on federal death row have been executed since 1988, which means his death could take a very long time.
In his closing remarks during the trial, where he represented himself in lieu of an attorney, Roof was unrepentant of the pain, anguish and devastation he caused the families of his victims. He stated, “I felt like I had to do it, and I still feel like I had to do it. I have a right to ask you to give me a life sentence but I’m not sure what good that would do anything.”
As the 12 jurors entered the court room to read the sentencing verdict, they reportedly did not even look in Roof’s direction, instead some focused on the judge while others looked into the eyes of the families who lost loved ones on that tragic day in Charleston.
There is nothing that will ever bring back the nine church members who were simply worshipping in their historically black church on June 15, 2015. Hopefully their families and loved ones can find some sense of relief knowing the fate of the animal who took their lives too soon and without any regret.