United States.. Death sentence for a suspect who killed 11 Jews in an armed attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh in 2018
The federal jury in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, after deliberations that lasted more than 10 hours, on Wednesday, issued a death sentence for the American, Robert Powers, accused of killing 11 Jews in 2018.
Powers, 50, was convicted of shooting dead 11 Jews in an armed attack on the “Tree of Life” synagogue in Pittsburgh, in the northeastern United States, where he was armed with three handguns and a semi-automatic assault rifle.
During the attack, the accused chanted: “All Jews must die,” noting that he had previously published racist, anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant messages on a far-right social network.
Pennsylvania federal prosecutors previously reported that a jury found Powers guilty of 63 counts.
The truck driver initially pleaded not guilty, before his lawyers offered to confess his guilt in exchange for a guarantee that he would not be sentenced to death, but the US Department of Justice refused to do so.
The Republican US President, Donald Trump, at the time called for the death penalty to be imposed on Robert Powers, and the Ministry of Justice followed and confirmed it, after the term of the Democratic President, Joe Biden, began on January 20, 2021.