Man is jailed for life for slay­ing Bri­tish law­maker

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

LON­DON — A white su­prem­a­cist who shot and stabbed a pro-Euro­pean U. K. law­maker while shout­ing “Bri­tain first” was sen­tenced to life in prison Wed­nes­day for a crime pros­e­cu­tors called an act of far-right ter­ror­ism.

Ju­rors at Lon­don’s Cen­tral Crim­i­nal Court de­lib­er­ated for less than two hours be­fore unan­i­mously find­ing 53-year-old Thomas Mair guilty of mur­der­ing Labour Party leg­is­la­tor Jo Cox.

Mair fired three shots at 41-year-old Cox with a sawed-off .22 ri­fle and stabbed her 15 times with a 7-inch dag­ger out­side a li­brary in the area she rep­re­sented in north­ern Eng­land on June 16. The mur­der, a week be­fore Bri­tain’s ref­er­en­dum on Euro­pean Union mem­ber­ship, shocked the coun­try. Cox was the first Bri­tish law­maker killed in of­fice in a quar­ter of a cen­tury.

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