Georgia Spa mass shooter Robert Aaron Long pleaded guilty on Tuesday to four of eight murders – accusing an alcoholic of manslaughter, the suicide shame that began when his roommate caught him watching porn.
Wearing a white button-down shirt and slacks and wearing a Mohawk haircut, 22-year-old Long pleaded guilty to all four murders at the Young’s Asian Massage in Woodstock in Cherokee County Superior Court, the first part of a shocking shooting spree in March. Was.
He accepted four life sentences without the possibility of parole, serving consecutive terms, plus 35 years on other charges.
Prosecutors had planned to seek the death penalty if he did not plead guilty – a death sentence he still faces if convicted of the other four murders in Atlanta, which he shot after Youngs. was killed.
He is due to appear in court in Fulton County next month for the Atlanta shootings, where he faces domestic terrorism charges as well as increasing hate crimes on charges of targeting Asian women.
But at Tuesday’s hearing in Cherokee County, District Attorney Shannon Wallace acknowledged that the first four murders were “not a hate crime of any kind” — and Long told the court that she planned to kill herself.
He was “embarrassed and embarrassed” when his roommate caught him watching porn, admitting that his addiction had “hurt a lot of relationships in my life,” According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“It never felt like I had too much control over those urges and it became obsessive to the point in which it occupied a lot of thought space,” the Atlanta Paper said.
Long said he planned to kill himself that day and went into the massage business thinking that paying for sex—which he considered disgusting—would motivate him to do so.
He told the court that he went to the spa “to work, to get a sexual favor and hope I hate myself so much…end my life.”
He went on to elaborate how he bought a 9mm handgun at a gun store along the way as well as getting a fifth of a Four Roses bourbon because he was “afraid to kill himself and got over it so that I could “
He drank in the spa’s parking lot for about an hour – and in his drowsy rage, decided to blame and kill the spa staff for his blatant malformations.
“I wanted to block places and basically punish those people as best I could,” Long told the judge, the AJC said.
He first shot 54-year-old Paul Mitchell, who was leaning on a counter. “I don’t remember thinking much after pulling the first trigger,” Long said. “My mind felt like it was empty.”
Long told the judge that the deadly spree “didn’t feel like more than five minutes” as he admitted to killing 33-year-old Delaina Ashley Yeon, 49-year-old Xiaozi Tan and 44-year-old Daoyu Feng. Elsías Hernández-Ortiz, 30, was injured.
Prosecutor Wallace said the gunman went through the massage business in Woodstock to “shot anyone and everything he saw.”
She told the court that she agreed to drop the demand for the death penalty after the victims’ families asked for the case to be resolved quickly without trial, adding that the relatives they were able to contact were Pleas agreed to the deal.
One of them, Mitchell’s wife, Bonnie Michels, told the court that “a part of me died with him.”
“I can’t hear her voice anymore. I can’t give her hugs and kisses,” she told the witness stand. “Why did he kill my husband without any reason? He shot without a word, no warning.”
Sentencing him, Judge McElea said that two of the victims were not Asian, and one was a male.
“Once hate is given a gun, it does not matter who gets in the way. We are all subject to being victims of a hate crime, whether we belong to that group or not,” the judge said.
Long is due to appear again in Fulton County for the Atlanta shooting next month.
There, District Attorney Fani Willis filed notices that he would be sentenced to death as well as a hate crime for the deaths of Suncha Kim, 69, Soon Chung Park, 74, Hyun Jung Grant, 51, and Yong Ae Yoo, 63. Wants to increase. .
The 19-count Fulton County indictment includes charges of manslaughter, felony manslaughter, grievous assault and domestic terrorism.
After a shootout at two Atlanta spas, Long got back in his car and drove south, police said.
By then, Long’s parents had called officers for help after identifying their son in still images from a security video posted by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office on social media.
His parents were already tracking his movements through an application on his phone, the prosecutor said, and that enabled authorities to track their son on Interstate 75.
Long surrendered to authorities in rural Crisp County, about 140 miles south of Atlanta.
post with wires