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Church massacre shooter handed death sentence

By Meg Kinnard

Dylann Roof has been sentenced to death for killing nine black church members during Bible study in a racially motivated attack in South Carolina.

He became the first person to face execution for federal hate crime convictions.

A jury deliberated his sentence for about three hours, capping a trial in which Roof did not fight for his life or show any remorse.

He threw away one last chance to plead for his life yesterday, telling jurors: "I still feel like I had to do it."

Roof told FBI agents when they arrested him a day after the June 17, 2015 killings that he wanted the shootings to bring back segregation or perhaps start a race war.

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