California Synagogue Shooter Pleads Guilty, Avoids Condition-Level Execution

An old student nurse who had been charged with a 2019 shooting in a Los Angeles synagogue pleaded guilty to numerous charges associated with the deadly shooting spree now.

John T. Serious, 22, pleaded guilty without the potential of parole to murder along with other charges following a 2019 shooting rampage, federal prosecutors announced on Tuesday. 

On April 27, 2019 — the ultimate day’s Passover — Serious stormed Chabad of Poway synagogue and opened up fire on worshippers. Lori Gilbert-Kaye, 60, was shot and wiped out within the attack. Three others, including an 8-year-old child and a rabbi, who lost his pointer finger within the shooting, were also hurt. 

Serious dialed 911 and confessed he had carried the shooting “because the Jewish individuals are destroying the white-colored race,” based on a complaint acquired by He was later indicted with a federal grand jury on 113 counts, including hate crimes leading to dying.

“While we reserved a choice of trying this like a dying penalty situation, existence imprisonment without the potential of parole for that defendant is definitely an appropriate resolution for this violent hate crime, so we hope it brings a stride of justice and closure towards the victims, their own families, friends and the broader community,” The North Park County District Attorney’s Office stated inside a statement delivered to “This plea ensures the defendant takes place responsible for his crimes under California condition law.”

Serious, who targeted other minority groups, also pleaded guilty to torching the Dar-ul-Arqam mosque in Escondido, California. He’s slated to become sentenced on condition charges on Sept. 30. 

Groups of those there during the synagogue shooting were consulted just before prosecutors saying yes towards the deal, officials stated. 

Representatives for Chabad of Poway weren’t immediately readily available for comment when contacted by on Wednesday.

Earnest’s decision to cooperate with condition prosecutors didn’t surprise some anti-hate advocacy groups.

“I am not surprised by using it, clearly, the person was potentially facing the dying penalty,” Associate Director from the Anti-Attorney League North Park Regional Office Matthew Brown told KFMB-TV. “The situation wasn’t only treated seriously like a homicide and attempted homicides, however it was treated seriously like a hate crime that impacts a substantial community as not only antisemitism but other kinds of hate that are rising.”

Serious, however, still could face the dying penalty inside a greater court, because the separate federal situation associated with the shooting looms. 

Federal prosecutors have until August. 30 to determine whether they’ll pursue the dying penalty against Serious. He posted a conditional plea agreement regarding federal charges on June 4. A spokesperson for that North Park U.S. Attorney’s Office confirmed the situation is continuing to move forward on Wednesday. However, earlier this year, U.S. Attorney Merrick Garland announced the us government would halt federal executions.

Cindy Cipriani, an outreach director for that office, told that the choice to seek the death penalty remains pending.

Earnest’s next federal court date is scheduled for Sept. 8.

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