A white teenager accused of killing 10 people in a hate-fueled Buffalo supermarket massacre will reportedly plead guilty to state charges.
Payton Gendron, 19, is expected to admit to gunning down 10 shoppers at a Tops Friendly Market on May 14 in a crazed plan to take out as many black people as possible, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reported.
Gendron – who espoused white supremacist views on the dark corners of the Internet before the shooting – is facing life behind bars with no parole on the state charges, but has also slapped with federal charges that could call for his death if convicted.
The accused mass killer is set to appear for the plea on state charges in Erie County Court Monday at 2 p.m., the Democrat & Chronicle said.
The Post has reached out to lawyers for Gendron, who was 18 at the time of the massacre.
The court appearance may be affected by a massive snow storm expected to drop as much as 6 feet of snow in western New York.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown was asked about Gendron’s plea at a news conference discussing storm preparations.
“It is going to be difficult for the families,” he told reporters. “It will open up that wound again but I think it’s good that this individual is pleading guilty.”
Gov. Kathy Hochul, on hand for the conference, said the victims’ families “need justice.”
“Those families deserve justice. The pain is still raw,” she said, adding she marked the six-month anniversary on a recent visit to the city.
“It’s gonna be hard for the families as the court proceedings continue and they have to relive the horror they went through because of the loss of their loved one,” Hochul added. “But the system needs to work and those families deserve justice.”
Gendron is accused of livestreaming the attack with a Bushmaster XM rifle that was marked by race-fueled venom like “here’s your reparations.” He allegedly targeted black shoppers and workers in the store, wounding three in addition to those he killed.
Gendron pleaded not guilty to the state charges of domestic terrorism, murder and attempted murder as a hate crime. In July he pleaded not guilty to a 27-count federal hate crime indictment.
With Post wires