Dylann Roof, the 22-year-old terrorist responsible for one of the deadliest massacres in U.S. history, was sentenced to death on Tuesday (Nov. 7), according to OkayPlayer. It reportedly took two hours for 12 jury members to come to a unanimous decision.
The decision follows a lengthy federal death penalty case, in which Roof was convicted of hate crimes that resulted in the death of nine black parishioners at a storied Charleston, S.C. church in 2015.
“We want to express our sympathy to all of the families who were so grievously hurt by Dylann Roof’s actions,” Roof’s defense team relayed in a statement. “[The] sentencing decision means that this case will not be over for a very long time. We are sorry that, despite our best efforts, the legal proceedings have shed so little light on the reasons for this tragedy.”
Formal sentencing will reportedly commence on Wednesday morning (Nov. 15). It will give families the opportunity to speak openly in court.