Halle Synagogue Gunman Sentenced to Life in Prison

A German court has sentenced accused Stephan Balliet the maximum sentence, on Monday, for killing two people, after a failed attempt to enter a synagogue in the eastern city of Halle last year.

A German court has sentenced accused Stephan Balliet the maximum sentence, on Monday, for killing two people, after a failed attempt to enter a synagogue in the eastern city of Halle last year.

The Naumburg Higher Regional Court found 28-year-old Balliet guilty of two counts of murder, multiple counts of attempted murder and incitement for attempting to shoot worshipers in the synagogue.

He failed to enter the synagogue that day and shot two individuals nearby instead.

Balliet also took to the internet and live-streamed his attack which took place on Yom Kippur, the holiest day for Jews, last year.

Judge Ursula Mertens, who announced the verdict, said that Balliet showed no remorse and described his attack as “cowardly.”

Balliet was also prohibited from seeking early release after serving his sentence.


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