Buffalo gunman pleads guilty in racist supermarket massacre

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The white gunman who massacred 10 Black people at a Buffalo supermarket has pleaded guilty to murder and hate-motivated terrorism charges.

Payton Gendron’s plea means he’ll spend his life in prison without parole.

The 19-year-old modified a legally purchased semiautomatic rifle into an assault weapon before targeting the Tops Friendly Market in May.

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He said in writings posted online that his goal was to terrify Black people and preserve white power.

His own lawyer said Monday’s plea “represents a condemnation of the racist ideology that fueled his horrific actions.”

Gendron previously pleaded not guilty to separate federal hate crime charges that could carry the death penalty.

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