A 22-year-old former nursing student is set to be given a sentence of life imprisonment without parole on Thursday after admitting guilt in a deadly shooting at a Southern California synagogue on the last day of Passover in 2019.
John T. Earnest who was charged for murder and other charges for the attack in April 2019 at Chabad of Poway pleaded guilty to his cases to avoid a death penalty conviction.
Based on court data, Earnest opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle during the last day of Passover services.
The deadly shooting killed 60-year-old Lori Gilbert-Kaye and wounded three others, including an 8-year-old girl and the rabbi, who lost a finger.
After the shooting, Earnest then called 911 to say he had shot up a synagogue because Jews were trying to “destroy all white people”.