To avoid the death penalty, a San Diego synagogue shooter has entered a guilty plea.

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A man has pleaded guilty to a deadly shooting attack at a Southern California synagogue two years ago and will serve the rest of his life in prison.

The shooter, John Earnest, carried out the attack at the Chabad of Poway Synagogue in San Diego in April of this year. The incident killed a 60-year-old lady and injured several others, including a little girl and a rabbi.

Tuesday, Earnest pleaded guilty to all charges in San Diego Superior Court.

Earnest also pleaded guilty to arson for setting fire to an Escondido mosque a month before his attack on the synagogue. He admitted both were hate crimes.

Earnest agreed to plead guilty in exchange for a promise from prosecutors not to seek the death penalty. He will instead receive a life sentence without the possibility of parole. He will be sentenced Sept. 30.

According to authorities, Earnest contacted 911 during the attack to claim he was the gunman and stated that Jews were “killing the white race.”

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The state charges in the case were the subject of Tuesday’s plea. In federal court, he faces similar allegations, and prosecutors have until August 30 to determine whether to pursue the death sentence.

Earnest has pled not guilty to the accusations brought against him by the federal government.

 

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