Pittsburgh Gunman Who Killed 11 in Pittsburgh Synagogue Eligible For Federal Death Penalty

By Allan Lengel

The federal death penalty is in play for gunman Robert Bowers who was convicted in federal court of in the fatal shooting of 11 people at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue in 2018.

Robert Bowers

A federal jury on Thursday determined that Bowers is eligible to be considered for the death penalty. Consequently, on Monday the second phase of the trial will begin in which jurors will hear evidence to determine whether to recommend to the judge that Bowers be put to death or sentenced to life in prison.

Authorities alleged in court papers that Bowers told investigators after his arrest that he wanted to kill Jewish people, ABC News reports.

The mass killing is considered the deadliest antisemitic attack in U.S. history.

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