Why Not the Death Penalty?

(ReclaimingAmerica.net) – Payton Gendron, who killed ten black people in a hate-motivated supermarket attack in Buffalo last year, has been sentenced to life in prison without parole in a hearing interrupted by an unidentified man charging at the murderer.

The man wearing a grey tracksuit pushed one of the victims’ relatives out of his way and rushed toward Gendron.

He was stopped by law enforcement officers who removed both him and Gendron from the courtroom in Eric County Courthouse in New York.

“You don’t know what we’re going through,” the unidentified man uttered as he was escorted out, Newsmax reported.

Ten minutes later, the mass murderer was brought back into the courtroom, and the hearing resumed.

In May 2022, Payton Gendron, then 18, killed ten black shoppers and staff and wounded three others in a Tops grocery store in Buffalo. He had posted material online he was committing a hate crime to preserve “white power” in America.

In November, he pleaded guilty to “one count of a domestic act of terrorism motivated by hate, three counts of attempted murder, and ten counts of first-degree murder.”

“I did a terrible thing that day. I shot and killed people because they were Black. Looking back now, I can’t believe I actually did it,” Gendron told the court.

“I believed what I read online and acted out of hate. I know I can’t take it back, but I wish I could, and I don’t want anyone to be inspired by me and what I did,” he added.

Judge Susan Eagan sent him to prison for life without the possibility of parole. In her closing remarks, she said “institutional racism” and “white supremacy” were “insidious cancer on our society and nation.”

“You will never see the light of day as a free man again,” the judge said.

The victim impact statements by the relatives ranged from angry condemnations to Bible quotes and prayers for the convicted man’s soul.

“You’ve been brainwashed. You don’t even know Black people that much to hate them. You learned this on the internet, and it was a big mistake,” Wayne Jones Sr., the only child of victim Celestine Chaney, told Gendron.

A similar message came from the statement of Barbara Massey Mapps, a sister of one of the victims, Katherine Massey, 72.

“My sister Katherine Massey was a great person. Kat didn’t hurt anybody,” Massey told the court.

“You are going to come to our city and decide you don’t like Black people. Man, you don’t know a damn thing about Black people. We’re human. We like our kids to go to good schools. We love our kids,” she added.

Grocery store employee Christopher Braden, who was shot in the leg, said he could never forget the dead bodies he saw when he was taken out of the store.

“The visions haunt me in my sleep and every day,” he said.