“The defendant entered a synagogue with the intent to kill all those inside because of his hatred for Jewish people
, and days earlier used fire in an attempt to destroy another sacred house of worship because of his hatred for Muslims
,” Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco dijo en un comunicado.
John T. Earnest of Rancho Penasquitos pleaded guilty to a 113-count hate crimes indictment, la declaración decía. Prosecutors said the plea agreement includes a recommended sentence of life in prison plus 30 años.
In addition to the synagogue attack on April 27, 2019, Earnest admitted he tried to set fire to the Dar-ul-Arqam mosque in Escondido, California, en marzo 24, 2019, the Justice Department said.
Prosecutors said they found a manifesto allegedly written by Earnest, in which he penned anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim statements, incluso “I can only kill so many Jews” y “I only wish I killed more.”
The Justice Department said Earnest wrote that his attack was inspired by the
2018 shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh
, y el 2019 attack on mosques in New Zealand
Armed with a Smith & Wesson M&PAG 15 assault rifle, Earnest, quien fue 19 En el momento, killed 60-year-old Lori Gilbert Kaye, who was at the synagogue to honor her late mother, and injured three others, including the rabbi and an 8-year-old girl.
They were among more than four dozen people inside the synagogue at the time.
En julio, Earnest reached a plea agreement on the state charges, accepting life in prison without parole on the murder and attempted murder charges. The agreement spared him from the death penalty.