A self-declared white supremacist pleaded guilty Monday to killing 10 Black people during a live-streamed shooting rampage at a supermarket in the US state of New York earlier this year.
Payton Gendron, 19, will spend the rest of his life in prison after admitting one state charge of domestic terrorism motivated by hate over the massacre in Buffalo in May.
Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said Gendron had pleaded guilty to all the charges against him, including 10 counts of murder in the first degree, three attempted murder charges and one count of criminal possession of a weapon.
Reporters in the courtroom said Gendron said the word “guilty” 15 times during Monday’s hearing.
“While justice has been accomplished, nothing will ever bring back the 10 beautiful people who lost their lives on that day,” Flynn told reporters.
“Hopefully the legal closure will provide the families and the victims some measure of relief,” he added.