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Poway synagogue shooter gets 2nd life sentence for deadly attack



SAN DIEGO (CNS) — The shooter in the fatal 2019 attack on the Chabad of Poway was sentenced by a San Diego federal decide Tuesday to a next life sentence in prison, plus 30 several years.

John Timothy Earnest, 22, who killed a female and injured 3 other persons in the attack, pleaded responsible in parallel state and federal prosecutions. His charges were being in relationship with the April 27, 2019 taking pictures, as nicely as the arson of the Dar-ul-Arqam Mosque in Escondido about a thirty day period prior to the taking pictures.

Earnest was now sentenced previously this calendar year to existence in prison without the probability of parole in the state’s situation against him adhering to his pleas to murder, attempted murder and arson counts, sparing him a potential loss of life sentence. He later pleaded guilty in the federal scenario to 113 federal counts relevant to dislike crimes, civil legal rights and weapons violations.

U.S. District Choose Anthony J. Battaglia opted to run Earnest’s federal lifestyle sentence consecutively with the state sentence. Battaglia referenced authorities sentencing paperwork indicating that a consecutive sentence would be “merely symbolic,” but reported, “On the other hand, symbols are vital. We have several. We have our flag. We have our govt seal. … Hate is some thing that has to be addressed and will have to be held up as an illustration to all that it will not be tolerated.”


Prosecutors reported 54 persons ended up inside of the synagogue when Earnest opened fireplace on the last day of Passover.

Lori Gilbert Kaye, 60, was shot in the synagogue’s lobby and died of her injuries. The congregation’s rabbi, Yisroel Goldstein, missing a finger, while two many others — Almog Peretz and his then-8-yr-outdated niece, Noya Dahan — were being also injured.

Earnest was chased out of the synagogue by several congregants, then escaped in his motor vehicle. He drove a brief length absent and termed 911, confessing that he had “just shot up a synagogue.”

In an on the net open up letter posted soon right before the shooting, Earnest espoused flagrant anti-Semitic sentiments, a want to guard the “European race,” and wrote, “I can only kill so quite a few Jews” and “I only want I killed a lot more.”

In the arson incident, 7 missionaries were being asleep inside the Dar- ul-Arqam Mosque at the time, but have been equipped to extinguish the flames and escape harm. Graffiti remaining outside the house the mosque compensated tribute to a white supremacist who shot and killed far more than 50 men and women in New Zealand before that month.


In court docket papers, Earnest’s protection attorneys requested that he be housed in California, so that the previous Rancho Penasquitos resident can be far more effortlessly visited by his spouse and children, which his lawyers explained “can finally help him continue on the path of reconciliation and redemption.”

Earnest’s attorneys wrote that he is remorseful and has “condemned his have steps in this scenario.”

The protection sentencing memorandum states that Earnest was “on system to lead a productive, significant, and law-abiding daily life” prior to “his immediate on the internet radicalization.”

The doc states, “The on the net world that John Earnest appeared to for these self-pinpointing responses finally eaten him, foremost to this tragic end.”

Battaglia mentioned he would endorse that Earnest be housed in a federal facility, but pointed out it would be up to the Bureau of Prisons as to whether it would take housing him.


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