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New Zealand mosque shooter sentenced to life without parole

New Zealand mosque shooter sentenced to life without parole
Posted at 10:11 PM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 22:16:18-04

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — The white supremacist who slaughtered 51 worshippers at two New Zealand mosques has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The judge imposed the maximum available sentence on Brenton Harrison Tarrant, the first time the sentence has been imposed in New Zealand.

The March 2019 attacks targeting people praying at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques shocked New Zealand and prompted new laws banning the deadliest types of semi-automatic weapons.

They also prompted global changes to social media protocols after the gunman livestreamed his attack on Facebook, where it was viewed by hundreds of thousands of people.