9 life sentences in state case on Charleston church slayings

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - With Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof getting nine life sentences in state court on top of a federal death sentence, his prosecutions are finally over - and some relatives of the parishioners he killed at a historically black church say they can begin to heal.

Nadine Collier wore a white suit to Roof's sentencing Monday. She says the color lets the world know a chapter in her life had closed after the slaughter of her mother, Ethel Lance.

The 23-year-old avowed white supremacist said nothing in his own defense as he was sentenced on nine counts of murder. He was taken to jail, where he'll await transfer to a federal prison and ultimately federal death row for the June 2015 shooting rampage at Emanuel AME Church.

© 2017 Associated Press


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