A federal jury reportedly unanimously decided to execute Robert Bowers on Wednesday for the 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, which left 11 congregants dead and six others injured. It was the worst attack on Jews in American history.
The Biden government, which has suspended executions, has now imposed the first federal death punishment.
U.S. District Judge Robert J. Colville, who presided over the trial in downtown Pittsburgh, announced the jury’s unanimous verdict. Later this week, the gunman will get a formal execution sentence from the judge.
On October 27, 2018, people from three Jewish communities gathered at the Tree of Life synagogue. The shooter discharged a Colt AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, three Glock.357 handguns, two more worshipers, and five police officers throughout his assault.
The shooter’s attorneys requested a life sentence if he entered a guilty plea, but prosecutors refused and brought the case to trial to seek the death penalty with the backing of the majority of the victims’ families.
Authorities believe the shooting to be the worst anti-Semitic assault in American history.