White supremacist gets life in prison for Buffalo massacre
February 16, 2023
BUFFALO, N.Y. - A white supremacist who killed 10 Black people at a Buffalo supermarket was sentenced to life in prison without parole Wednesday after relatives of his victims confronted him with pain and rage caused by his racist attack.
Anger briefly turned physical at Payton Gendron's sentencing when a victim's family member rushed at him from the audience. The man was quickly restrained; prosecutors later said he wouldn't be charged. The proceeding then resumed with an emotional outpouring from people who lost loved ones or were themselves wounded in the attack.
Gendron, whose hatred was fueled by racist conspiracy theories he encountered online, cried during some of the testimony and apologized to victims and their families in a brief statement.