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Monday, April 10, 2017

Dylann Roof pleads guilty--gets ultimate sentence

Dylann Roof, convicted Charleston church murderer pleaded guilty Monday to state charges of murder. Perhaps this was the only good thing the young white supremacist did because it spared his victims and their families a second trial.

Roof, whose age and IQ match at 23, is set to be taken to a federal prison in another state where he will eventually be put to death on charges of hate crimes and the obstruction of the practice of religion in connection with the shooting of 9 innocent black church-members of Emanuel AME Church. 

Judge J.C. Nicholson gave Roof nine consecutive life sentences in state prison after Roof's grand daddy testified about how the killings affected them personally.

However, last year, Roof was found guilty of 33 federal charges and sentenced to death during a separate hearing this year. He pleaded guilty to 13 counts, including murder, and attempted murder.

"The impact at Mother Emanuel has been far reaching," Pastor Eric Manning said. "We visit the crime scene every day." Pastor Manning currently leads the congregation.

In true Christian style, Blondelle Gadsden, sister of murdered victim Myra Thompson, said, "Even though we're at a point where death has been the sentence for him, my heart still goes out to him in hopes that he would repent to save himself from himself. I can't think of anything worse that he could do at this point than to not accept Christ and try to make his days on this earth a little bit more peaceful."

Eva Dilligard wasn't as generous. Her sister, Susie Jackson was also a victim of Roof and said, "I think somebody doing something like that, he should get death . . . I'm very sorry. I'm a child of God. But he hurt the entire family."

Roof's grandfather and Columbia attorney, Joe Roof, also spoke: "I want everyone to understand that nothing is all bad, and Dylann is not all bad."

Actually, I believe ISIS is all bad, but hey, that's just me.

Grandfather Roof said that he and his wife pray for the Emanuel families every night, and are sensitive to their problems.

"We have been distressed and just sick over what has happened to these families," he said.

Dylann Roof was unapologetic at his federal trial. He fired his defense team for the sentencing portion of the trial and ended up with a white supremacist idiot for a lawyer. He called no witnesses--perhaps because those who witnessed what he did were either dead or seriously wounded. He also put forth no evidence of his own. Perhaps a psych review would have helped--it sure wouldn't have hurt.

Roof ended his brilliant closing statement with: "I have the right to ask you to give me a life sentence, but I'm not sure what good it would do anyway. I still feel like I had to do it."

Yeah, the devil made him do it.