Judge Drops Hammer on El Paso Walmart Shooter: 90 Life Sentences in Federal Prison

A judge has thrown the book at the Texas gunman who shot and killed 23 people in an attack at an El Paso Walmart in 2019.

24-year-old Patrick Crusius was given 90 consecutive life sentences in federal prison on Friday, The Associated Press reports.

Crusius was sentenced to multiple life terms following the mass shooting in the border city.

However, Crusius could still face the death penalty in a separate case in a Texas state court that has yet to go to trial.

After federal prosecutors took the death penalty off the table, he pleaded guilty in February to nearly 50 federal hate crime charges.

U.S. District Judge David Guaderrama handed down the sentence after two days of victim impact statements.

During the statements, family members of the slain directly addressed Crusius.

“You left children without their parents, you left spouses without their spouses, and we still need them,” Bertha Benavides, the wife of victim Arturo, told Crusius.

Crusius opened fire on August 3, 2019, after issuing an online warning about wanting to shoot people.

Some of the victims of the shooting were citizens of Mexico and more than two dozen people were injured.

The people who were killed ranged in age from a 15-year-old to elderly grandparents.

The attack was one of the deadliest mass shootings in the U.S., according to a database from The Associated Press, USA Today, and Northeastern University.

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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