A man who was angry over a Unitarian church's liberal stances on women's issues and gay marriage pleaded guilty Monday (Feb. 9) to a church shooting that killed two people and wounded six others last July.
Jim D. Adkisson, who was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and six counts of attempted murder, now faces life in prison without parole for the shooting deaths at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, Tenn.
As part of the plea agreement, Adkisson was spared the death penalty.
The shooter acknowledged his actions constituted a "hate crime," according to the Associated Press.
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It's sobering to recall that Bishop Barbara Harris received death threats during her consent process. Unstable persons don't need encouragement to commit violence.