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California synagogue shooting suspect pleads guilty

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SAN DIEGO: A 22-year-old former nursing student pleaded guilty Tuesday to murder and other charges related to a fatal shooting at a Southern California synagogue on the last day of Passover.
John T. Earnest avoided the death penalty with his plea in San Diego Superior Court. The San Diego County District Attorney’s office said he agreed to spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole in state prison. Sentencing is scheduled for September 30.
Earnest opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle during the last day of Passover services in April 2019 in Chabad of Poway. The attack killed 60-year-old Lori Gilbert-Kaye and injured three others, including an 8-year-old girl and the rabbi, who lost a finger.
Earnest then called 911 to say he shot down a synagogue because Jews were trying to “destroy all whites,” authorities said.

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