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Charleston church shooter awarded death penalty

Updated: Jan 11, 2017 04:34 IST
London [UK], Jan. 11 (ANI): Dylann Roof, the man who killed nine people in a massacre at a historically black Charleston, South Carolina, church in 2015, has been awarded a death sentence for his crime.

Roof was convicted last month of 33 federal charges, including murder and hate crimes. They jury returned after deliberating over his sentence for about three hours on Tuesday to announce their decision that he should be executed, reports the Guardian.

He is the first person to face execution for a federal hate crime conviction.

In his final argument to jurors, Roof, a 22-year-old white man, said he felt he had to carry out the slayings on 17 June 2015. (ANI)