Buffalo gunman pleads guilty to 15 charges, including domestic terror motivated by hate

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The suspect accused of killing 10 people and injuring three others in a mass shooting at a supermarket in a predominantly Black neighborhood in Buffalo, N.Y., in May pleaded guilty on Monday to state charges stemming from the attack.

Payton Gendron, 19, pleaded guilty to 15 state-level counts: 10 counts of first-degree murder; three counts of attempted murder motivated by hate; criminal weapons possession; and domestic terrorism motivated by hate — a charge that carries a punishment of life in prison without parole.

All 10 of those killed in the May 14 massacre were Black.

Appearing inside a courtroom packed with relatives of the victims, Gendron answered a series of questions from the judge before entering his guilty pleas. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 15, 2023.

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