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FILE - In this June 18, 2015 file photo, Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof is escorted from the Cleveland County Courthouse in Shelby, N.C. Prosecutors who wanted to show that Roof was a cruel, angry racist simply used his own words at his death penalty trial on charges he killed nine black people in June 2015 at a Charleston church. Roof's two-hour videotaped confession less than a day after the shooting and a handwritten journal found in his car when he was arrested were introduced into evidence Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof pleaded guilty to state murder charges


Convicted Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof pleaded guilty to state murder charges Monday. 

Roof, 23, entered a guilty plea to all charges, including nine counts of murder.  He was sentenced to death earlier this year during a trial in which he was unapologetic as he listened to the testimony of victims' families. The plea deal prevents the family from having to go through another trial.

He was given nine life sentences in state court. He was given a death sentence in federal court. 

This announcement comes days after Joey Meek, Roof's friend, was sentenced to 27 months in prison for failing to report the massacre.

Roof, a self-described white supremacist, originally represented himself in the murder trial.

Despite his death sentence, some family members of victims said they would prefer that he lived.

Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof pleaded guilty to state murder charges

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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