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Sentencing hearing dates set for El Paso Walmart mass shooter

Patrick Crusius changed his plea in an El Paso federal court on Wednesday, February 8, 2023.{ }Credit: El Paso artist Nacho Garcia via El Paso Matters
Patrick Crusius changed his plea in an El Paso federal court on Wednesday, February 8, 2023. Credit: El Paso artist Nacho Garcia via El Paso Matters
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The sentencing hearing dates for the man who killed 23 people and injured 22 others in a shooting at the Cielo Vista Walmart were set by a federal judge on Wednesday.

The hearings for Patrick Crusius, 24, will start on June 30 at 9 a.m. MT in courtroom number 812 on the eighth floor of the United States Courthouse, 525 Magoffin Ave. in El Paso, U.S. District Judge David C. Guaderrama determined Wednesday.

The hearings are expected to last multiple days, according to a court document.

On June 30, the pre-sentence report will be discussed and if any objections are announced, they will be resolved, the document states.

Crusius, who pled guilty to 90 federal charges related to the Aug. 3, 2019 shooting, will also be given a chance to speak before he is sentenced, court documents show.

Victim impact statements will be heard on July 5 at 10 a.m.

The court said it expects this portion of the hearing to take multiple days, according to the document.

At 10 a.m. on the day immediately following the last victim impact statement, the U.S. government will have an opportunity to deliver any remarks and Crusius will receive his sentence.

KFOX14 spoke to Eddie Medina, whose wife Cecy Medina survived the Walmart shooting.

Medina said he plans to attend the sentencing hearing and share a victim statement because of the impact the shooting had on his wife.

"I know he changed a lot of peoples lives, he murdered innocent victims, he changed my wife totally, she's got PTSD cause you know she's traumatized."

On Feb. 8, Crusius plead guilty to 23 counts of committing a hate crime resulting in death, 23 counts of using a firearm to commit murder during or in relation to a crime of violence, 22 counts of committing a hate crime involving an attempt to kill and 22 counts of using a firearm during and in retaliation of a crime of violence.

Crusius entered a plea agreement with the prosecution and may face 90 consecutive life sentences. He also may have to pay restitution and any fines set by the court.

By pleading guilty, Crusius waived his right to appeal his conviction or challenge the sentence.

Federal prosecutors announced they would not be seeking the death penalty against Crusius on Jan. 17.

Crusius still faces a potential death sentence if he’s convicted on a state capital murder charge, however, it’s unclear when he might face trial in a Texas state court.

Prosecutors said Crusius drove more than 10 hours from his hometown near Dallas to El Paso and published a document online shortly before the shooting that said it was “in response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.”

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