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Buffalo gunman pleads guilty to hate-motivated terror in supermarket massacre

Payton Gendron is led into the courtroom for a hearing at Erie County Court in Buffalo, N.Y., on May 19, 2022.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
Payton Gendron is led into the courtroom for a hearing at Erie County Court in Buffalo, N.Y., on May 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

The white gunman who massacred 10 Black shoppers and workers at a Buffalo supermarket pleads guilty to murder and hate-motivated terrorism charges, guaranteeing that he will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Payton Gendron, 19, enters the plea in a courthouse roughly two miles from the grocery store where he used a semiautomatic rifle and body armor to carry out a racist assault he hoped would help preserve white power in the US.

He pleads guilty to all the charges in the grand jury indictment, including murder, murder as a hate crime and hate-motivated domestic terrorism, which carries an automatic sentence of life without parole. Gendron also pleaded guilty to wounding three people who survived the May attack.

Gendron, who was handcuffed and wore an orange jumpsuit, shows little emotion through the 45-minute proceeding, just occasionally licking and clenching his lips. He answers “yes” and “guilty” as the judge referred to each victim by name and asked whether he killed each victim because of their race.

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