Jury Says Kill Him

(TheLastPatriotNews.com) – The gunman who committed the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in US history by killing 11 people in a Pittsburg synagogue in 2018 has been sentenced to death.

On Wednesday, a federal jury issued the death sentence verdict for Robert Bowers, now 50, after deliberating for ten hours over two days, National Review reports.

A judge will officially announce the man’s death sentence at a later date.

In June, the truck driver of Baldwin, Pennsylvania, was found guilty of 63 charges, including “obstruction of free exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death, use of a firearm to commit murder during and in relation to a crime of violence, and hate crimes resulting in death.”

After months of planning, on October 27, 2018, Bowers stormed the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburg and opened fire at worshippers, killing 11 and wounding two. He then also injured five police officers who responded to the scene.

Several of the people he murdered had survived the Nazi Holocaust in World War II.

The lengthy trial revealed that Bowers reloaded at least twice inside the synagogue and only surrendered to the police after his ammunition ran out.

“Once he entered the synagogue, the defendant began to hunt, he moved from room to room, upstairs and downstairs … looking for Jewish worshippers to kill,” prosecutor Soo C. Song told the jurors.

The defendant told a psychiatrist that the trial was promoting his anti-Semitic message, The New York Post points out in a report.

It is noted that the Pittsburg synagogue shooter’s death sentence is the first federal capital punishment imposed on the watch of President Joe Biden. In 2020, Biden campaigned on a promise to end the death penalty.

Against that backdrop, his Justice Department had put federal executions on hold and had refused to approve capital punishment in hundreds of cases.

However, in Bowers’ case, federal prosecutors asked for a death sentence, arguing it was warranted by his hate-based attack on a religious community and mostly vulnerable, elderly victims.

The shooter’s lawyers argued against the death penalty, stressing his “horrible childhood” and “severe, untreated mental illness” that led to his “delusional belief that Jews were helping to cause a genocide of white people.”