Gunman who killed eight people at three Atlanta spas pleads GUILTY to four murders

Gunman who killed eight people in three Atlanta metropolitan areas pleads GUILTY to four murders that landed him life without parole – but still faces death penalty for other four murders

  • Robert Aaron Long, 22, appeared in court in Cherokee County Tuesday morning
  • He agreed to a plea deal in which he admits all charges of willful murder, felony murder, attempted murder and aggravated assault in the county
  • Cherokee County District Attorney Shannon Wallace said Long was motivated by a ‘sex addiction’ but not hatred or prejudice against Asian people
  • Long still faces the death penalty for the other four murders being prosecuted in Fulton County
  • The white suspect is accused of committing a mass shooting on March 16 at two Asian massage parlors in Atlanta and one in Cherokee County.
  • Eight people were killed in the attacks, including six women of Asian descent
  • Victims: Hyun Jung Grant, 51; Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33; Paul André Michels, 54; Xiaojie Tan, 49; Daoyou Feng, 44; Soon Park, 44; Suncha Kim, 69; Yong Yue, 63

Robert Aaron Long, 22, pleaded guilty Tuesday to four of the eight murders dinsdag

Robert Aaron Long, 22, pleaded guilty Tuesday to four of the eight murders dinsdag

The gunman accused of killing eight people in three Atlanta metropolitan areas has pleaded guilty to four of the murders, spared him the death penalty and gave him life without parole for those murders.

Robert Aaron Long, 22, appeared in court in Cherokee County Tuesday morning after reaching a plea deal in which he admits all charges of murder with intent, felony murder, attempted murder and aggravated assault in the county.

Long still faces the death penalty for the other four murders being prosecuted in Fulton County.

He was indicted last month in Fulton County, where he is charged with domestic terrorism with an increase in hate crimes in addition to murder.

The white suspect is accused of committing a mass shooting on March 16 at two Asian massage parlors in Atlanta and one in Cherokee County.

Eight people were killed in the attacks, including six women of Asian descent.

They are: Hyun Jung Grant, 51; Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33; Paul André Michels, 54; Xiaojie Tan, 49; Daoyou Feng, 44; Coming Soon C. Park, 44; Suncha Kim, 69, and 63-year-old Yong Yue.

Cherokee County District Attorney Shannon Wallace told the court on Tuesday that Long was motivated by a “sex addiction” and his desire to eliminate sources of his temptation, but not by hatred or prejudice toward Asian people.

“All of the evidence that was gathered regarding Cherokee County, Your Honor, came to the same conclusion that this crime was not motivated by bias or hatred of Asian Americans,” she said.

“This was not a hate crime of any kind,” she said.

Wallace said prosecutors planned to seek the death penalty if Long pleaded not guilty.

But all the victims’ relatives they could have reached support the plea deal, she added.

Long took the stand where he told the judge he understood the right to a trial and agreed to enter into the deal.

Young's Asian Massage, near Acworth, a town about 52 miles northwest of Atlanta in Cherokee County.  Long pleaded guilty to the four murders at the spa

Young's Asian Massage, near Acworth, a town about 52 miles northwest of Atlanta in Cherokee County.  Long pleaded guilty to the four murders at the spa

Young’s Asian Massage, near Acworth, a town about 52 miles northwest of Atlanta in Cherokee County. Long pleaded guilty to the four murders at the spa

In the March 16 mass shooting, Long allegedly opened fire at Young’s Asian Massage, near Acworth, a town about 52 miles northwest of Atlanta in Cherokee County.

He is said to have killed four at the spa before driving to Atlanta and opening fire at Gold Massage Spa in Atlanta, killing three.

He then allegedly crossed the street to the Aromatherapy Spa and shot and killed another victim there.

A ninth victim – Elcias R Hernandez-Ortiz, 30 – was shot in the throat, forehead, lungs and stomach, but survived and is expected to recover.

Long then went on the run and drove to Florida to attack adult industry locations when he was arrested 150 miles south of Atlanta.

Officers rammed his Hyundai off the road to take him into custody, where he allegedly confessed to the murders.

Law enforcement officers consult outside Gold Spa after the March 16 shooting

Law enforcement officers consult outside Gold Spa after the March 16 shooting

Law enforcement officers consult outside Gold Spa after the March 16 shooting

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