Hot Topic: The Final Sentencing of Dylan Roof
Did the time fit the crime?
The long awaited sentencing of Dylan Roof occurred earlier this morning. Dylan Roof, the convicted shooter at a Charleston Church receive nine consecutive life sentences in prison after pleading guilty to the state murder charges against him. Roof will be taken to a federal prison outside of South Carolina, where he will await his death on charges of hate crimes and obstruction of the practice of religion.
Just to give a bit of background on the shooting, on the night of June 17, 2015 Dylan Roof walked into the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina during a prayer service where he opened fire killing 6 women and 3 men based off of the hate he felt towards African Americans. Dylan Roof has proclaimed himself a White Supremacist, and has shown no remorse or guilt for what he has done. He has done the bare minimum in trying to persuade the judge and jury to spare his life. According to Roof, this is something “he had to do.”
In December 2016, Roof was convicted of 33 federal hate crime charges and on January 10, 2017 Dylan Roof was sentenced to death. Although some family members of slain victims wanted the death penalty, Roof received nine consecutive life sentences in prison. Do you think justice has been served? Nine consecutive life sentences does indeed condemn Roof to death inside of prison, but was this the appropriate punishment for the heinous act that he committed? Would you have preferred the death penalty over the nine consecutive life sentences? Let us know your thoughts and comments down below!