(FixThisNation.com) – A judge issued the death penalty on Thursday to the individual responsible for the most lethal antisemitic act in the country’s history, following a unanimous recommendation for capital punishment from the jury the day before.
50-year-old Robert Bowers, employed as a truck driver, was the assailant who took the lives of 11 congregants at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue on October 27, 2018. In addition to the deaths, seven others were injured, among them five law enforcement officers. Bowers made it clear at the crime scene that he wished for the death of all Jews and has subsequently shown no regret for his deeds.
U.S. District Judge Robert Colville officially handed down the death sentence, stating that he had no specific comments for Mr. Bowers and was convinced that nothing he might say would have any significance to him.
On Wednesday, the jury arrived at their recommendation, having concluded that Bowers’s actions were driven by anti-Semitic sentiments. They also determined that Bowers showed no remorse, had selected the synagogue for its large and historical congregation, and intended to cause maximum destruction and terrorize Jewish communities at various levels.
In addition, the defense’s arguments that Bowers was schizophrenic and deluded in his hatred were dismissed by the jury.
In June, Bowers was found guilty of 63 federal charges, encompassing hate crimes leading to death and impeding the free practice of religion that also resulted in death.
Throughout the trial, family members of the victims, survivors, and leaders within the Jewish community were present, with several offering testimony about their deceased loved ones.
Those who lost their lives in this horrific incident were Rose Mallinger, Bernice Simon, Sylvan Simon, David Rosenthal, Cecil Rosenthal, Dan Stein, Jerry Rabinowitz, Joyce Fienberg, Melvin Wax, Irving Younger, and Richard Gottfried.
This sentence represents a first under President Biden’s administration, who had previously vowed to abolish capital punishment in his 2020 campaign. While the Department of Justice has paused federal executions and opted against the death penalty in many new cases, prosecutors contended that in this particular situation, it was warranted.
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