Texas Walmart Gunman Patrick Crusius Agrees to Pay Over $5 Million to Victims of Racist Attack

Texas Walmart Gunman Patrick Crusius Agrees to Pay Over  Million to Victims of Racist Attack

A white Texas gunman, Patrick Crusius, who killed 23 people at a Walmart in 2019 after expressing racist views, has agreed to pay more than $5 million to the victims of the attack. U.S. District Judge David Guaderrama approved the restitution amount after an agreement was reached between Crusius’ attorneys and the Justice Department. Crusius, who was sentenced to 90 consecutive life sentences in July after pleading guilty to federal hate crime charges, does not have significant assets.

Crusius, who was 21 years old at the time of the attack, drove over 700 miles from his home near Dallas to target Hispanics with an AK-style rifle inside and outside the store. Prior to the attack, he posted a racist screed online warning of a Hispanic “invasion” of Texas. Crusius had dropped out of community college and had previously worked at a movie theater, a job he left due to violent thoughts.

While Crusius pleaded guilty to federal charges, Texas prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty when he stands trial in state court. The trial date has not yet been set.

Under the agreement, Crusius will pay $5,557,005.55 in restitution. Neither Joe Spencer, Crusius’ attorney, nor the Justice Department provided immediate comments on the matter.

The 2019 attack was one of the deadliest mass shootings in the U.S. linked to hate crimes since 2006. Crusius’ online posts prior to the shooting indicated his preoccupation with the nation’s immigration debate and support for then-President Donald Trump’s border policies.

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