Robert Bowers — the white supremacist gunman who murdered 11 Jewish worshipers at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue in 2018 — was found guilty on Friday of 63 federal hate crimes and civil rights offenses stemming from the attack.
The trial now moves to the sentencing phase, and the jury will begin deliberating next week over whether Bowers is eligible for the death penalty.
Bowers also faces 36 state charges in Pennsylvania.
The Pittsburgh synagogue massacre — which occurred during Shabbat morning services on Oct. 27, 2018 — was the deadliest act of antisemitic violence in U.S. history.
Robert Bowers, the gunman who committed the heinous act of killing 11 worshippers at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue in 2018, perpetrating the most devastating attack on Jewish worshippers in American history, has been convicted by a federal jury.
While the families of the…
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Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, a survivor of the attack, stated, “I am grateful to God for getting us to this day. And I am thankful for the law enforcement who ran into danger to rescue me, and the U.S. attorney who stood up in court to defend my right to pray.”
The victims of the attack included Joyce Fienberg, 75, Richard Gottfried, 65, Rose Mallinger, 97, Jerry Rabinowitz, 66, Cecil Rosenthal, 59, David Rosenthal, 54, Bernice Simon, 84, Sylvan Simon, 86, Dan Stein, 71, Melvin Wax, 88, and Irving Younger, 69.