White supremacist Dylann Roof was sentenced to death Tuesday for murdering nine black church members in Charleston, South Carolina.
Roof is the first person to get the death penalty for federal hate crimes, the Associated Press reports.
Roof, who represented himself in the sentencing trial, did not offer a defense nor express regret for his actions.
Roof was found guilty in December of 33 counts of federal hate crimes.
He still faces a state trial in which prosecutors said they will also seek the death penalty.
Roof murdered nine black parishioners at the Emanuel AME Church.
“I had to do it,” Roof told jurors.
Though he remained largely silent during the trial, he made clear that he had no regrets.
“I would like to make it crystal clear that I do not regret what I did. I am not sorry. I have not shed a tear for the innocent people I killed,” a note Roof wrote in jail said. “I do feel sorry for the innocent white children forced to live in this sick country and I do feel sorry for the innocent white people that are killed daily at the hands of the lower races. I have shed a tear of self pity for myself. I feel pity that I had to do what I did in the first place. I feel pity that I had to give up my life because of a situation that should have never existed.”
Roof told FBI agents he hoped his murders would start a race war.
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