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Gunman pleads guilty in racist supermarket massacre

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY: PART NO RE-SALE, RE-USE OR ARCHIVE; PART MUST CREDIT WKBW.COM; PART NO ACCESS BUFFALO; NO ACCESS TEGNA; NO ACCESS NEXSTAR; PART NO USE US BROADCAST NETWORKS++SOUNDBITES COVERED BY VIDEO++ASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: Buffalo, New York - 19 May 20221. STILL image of Payton Gendron in orange jumpsuit being led into courtroomHEADLINE TEXT: Gunman pleads guilty in grocery store massacre.WKBW - NO RE-SALE, RE-USE OR ARCHIVE; MUST CREDIT WKBW.COM; NO ACCESS BUFFALO; NO ACCESS TEGNA; NO ACCESS NEXSTAR; NO USE US BROADCAST NETWORKSBuffalo, New York - 28 November 2022++FULLY COVERED++2. SOUNDBITE (English) John Flynn, Erie County District Attorney"This case is a poster child for swift justice."ASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: Buffalo, New York - 18 May 20223. Various exteriors of scene outside Tops SupermarketWKBW - NO RE-SALE, RE-USE OR ARCHIVE; MUST CREDIT WKBW.COM; NO ACCESS BUFFALO; NO ACCESS TEGNA; NO ACCESS NEXSTAR; NO USE US BROADCAST NETWORKSBuffalo, New York - 28 November 2022++FULLY COVERED++4. SOUNDBITE (English) John Flynn, Erie County District Attorney"In just over 2 minutes, the defendant with the intent to murder as many African-Americans as he could killed ten innocent black people and attempted to kill three others."5. SOUNDBITE (English) John Flynn, Erie County District Attorney:"No individual in the history of the state of New York has been found guilty of that domestic terrorism charge motivated by hate until today. And he pled guilty to that highest charge today."6. SOUNDBITE (English) John Flynn, Erie County District Attorney:"By pleading guilty to the state terrorism charge, there is an automatic sentence for that. That automatic sentence is life without parole. There is nothing higher than that in New York State."7 . SOUNDBITE (English) Brian Parker, Defense attorney for Payton Gendron:"Today, our client pled guilty to every count of the indictment with the full knowledge that he will spend the rest of his life in prison with no chance of parole. Though the federal case continues, his actions today ensure that there will be no state court trial and he will not appeal. This critical step represents a condemnation of the racist ideology that fueled his horrific actions on May 14th. Before he is sentenced to life without the possibility of parole on February 15th, the surviving victims and deceased victims family members will all have an opportunity to address the court, the community and our client directly. It is our hope that a final resolution of the state charges will help, in some small way, to keep the focus on the needs of the victims and the community."++EDIT ENDS ON A SOUNDBITE++STORYLINE:The white gunman who massacred 10 Black shoppers and workers at a Buffalo supermarket pleaded guilty Monday to murder and hate-motivated terrorism charges, guaranteeing that he will spend the rest of his life in prison.Payton Gendron, 19, entered the plea Monday in a courthouse roughly two miles from the grocery store where he used a semiautomatic rifle and body armor to carry out a racist assault he hoped would help preserve white power in the U.S.He pleaded guilty to all the charges in the grand jury indictment, including murder, murder as a hate crime and hate-motivated domestic terrorism, which carries an automatic sentence of life without parole. Gendron also pleaded guilty to wounding three people who survived the May attack.Gendron, who was handcuffed and wore an orange jumpsuit, showed little emotion through the 45-minute proceeding, just occasionally licking and clenching his lips. He answered "yes" and "guilty" as the judge referred to each victim by name and asked whether he killed each victim because of their race."This critical step represents a condemnation of the racist ideology that fueled his horrific actions on May 14," said Gendron's lawyer, Brian Parker. "It is our hope that a final resolution of the state charges will help in some small way to keep the focus on the needs of the victims and the community."Gendron previously pleaded not guilty to separate federal hate crime charges that could result in a death sentence if he is convicted. The U.S. Justice Department has not said whether it will seek capital punishment.White supremacy was Gendron's motive. He said in documents posted online just before the attack that he'd picked the store, about a three hour drive from his home in Conklin, New York, because it was in a predominantly Black neighborhood.He said he was motivated by a belief in a massive conspiracy to dilute the power of white people by "replacing" them in the U.S. with people of color.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.

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