A judge on Tuesday followed a jury's recommendation and sentenced the man who murdered three people at Kansas Jewish sites to death, The Associated Press (AP) reported.
Johnson County District Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan imposed the sentence for Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., also known as Frazier Glenn Cross, who was convicted of one count of capital murder, three counts of attempted murder, and assault and weapons charges for the April 2014 shootings in suburban Kansas City.
The same jury that convicted him in August recommended that Miller be sentenced to death, noted AP.
Miller said he shot his victims because he wanted to kill Jewish people before he dies, though none of his victims were Jewish.
He suffers from chronic emphysema and has said he doesn't have long to live. A doctor testified during trial that Miller is ill and likely has five to six years left, the news agency noted.
Miller killed William Corporon, 69, and Corporon's 14-year-old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas. He then shot 53-year-old Terri LaManno at the nearby Village Shalom retirement center.
Although he admitted to killing the three people, Miller pleaded not guilty, saying it was his duty to stop genocide against the white race, particularly Jews who he claimed “have too much power”. In an interview last November, Miller expressed his surprise and regret at not having managed to kill any Jews.
Miller is a Vietnam War veteran who founded the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in his native North Carolina and later the White Patriot Party. He also ran for the U.S. House in 2006 and the U.S. Senate in 2010 in Missouri, each time espousing a white-power platform, noted AP.
Miller, from Aurora, Missouri, represented himself at the trial and frequently disrupted procedures with outbursts at the judge, prosecutor and the jury. He said during his closing argument in August that he didn't care whether he was sentenced to death.