Tennessee Church Shooter Emanuel Samson Sentenced to 291 Years in Prison

A man who shot up a church in Tennessee resulting in the death of a mother of two plus multiple injuries to others was sentenced to 291 years in prison.

In 2017, Emmanuel Samson murdered Melanie Crow outside of Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch before entering the church and wounding multiple others.

Judge Cheryl A. Blackburn sentenced Samson to 291 years in prison on Tuesday, which will be served consecutively with his life sentence.

Judge Blackburn gave the shooter 25 years for each attempted murder, plus six years for a firearms charge, as well as years added for additional minor charges, according to CBS affiliate WVLT.

A former member of Burnette Chapel who worked as a security guard, in September of 2017, Samson shot Crow dead in the parking lot of the church before entering the building and shooting others.

Samson was reportedly motivated by the 2016 mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, in which white supremacist Dylan Roof entered a Bible study and murdered nine people.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski

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