22-year old Dylann Roof will plead guilty to state murder charges during an April 10th hearing. This comes several months after a federal court sentenced the self-proclaimed white supremacist to death. A guilty plea means Roof has agreed to a mandatory life sentence without parole. The sentence would only take effect if the federal sentence fell through which is highly unlikely.
Roof was convicted in January on thirty-three federal charges including hate crimes and the use of a gun to commit a violent crime.
The guilty plea will also spare the family members of the nine deceased a second trial. Roof is not expected to face any further trials.