Jewish Press of Tampa

California synagogue shooter pleads guilty

(JTA) — The man who opened fire on a synagogue in Poway, CA in 2019, killing one and injuring three, has pleaded guilty to a 113-count federal hate crime indictment.

The guilty plea comes with a recommended sentence of life in prison plus 30 years. The charges the shooter faced, which also relate to his arson of a mosque a month earlier, carried a maximum sentence of the death penalty.

On April 27, 2019, the final day of Passover, John Earnest, a white supremacist, walked into the Chabad synagogue near San Diego, and began shooting, killing Lori Gilbert Kaye, and injuring three others, including Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein and a child. In a manifesto, he mentioned the shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand six weeks earlier.

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