Charleston killer Roof pleads guilty to state charges

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CHARLESTON | Con­victed Charleston church shooter Dy­lann Roof was given nine consecutive life sen­tences in state prison af­ter he pleaded guilty to state mur­der charges Mon­day, leav­ing him to await ex­e­cu­tion in a fed­eral prison and spar­ing his vic­tims and their fam­i­lies the bur­den of a sec­ond trial.

Judge J.C. Ni­chol­son sen­tenced Roof to life in prison on the state mur­der charges.

Roof will be taken to a fed­eral prison in an­other state, where he will await his ex­e­cu­tion on charges of hate

crimes and ob­struc­tion of the prac­tice of re­li­gion.

Roof was con­victed late last year of 33 fed­eral charges. He was sen­tenced to death dur­ing a sep­a­rate pro­ceed­ing ear­lier this year.

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