Jury recommends death for Kansas City JCC shooter

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — A jury has recommended the death penalty for the white supremacist who killed three people outside two Jewish facilities in a Kansas City suburb.

Frazier Glenn Miller, a former Ku Klux Klan grand dragon also known as Frazier Glenn Cross, was found guilty of capital murder on Aug. 31.

The jury debated on Tuesday for 90 minutes, including eating lunch, before deciding on the death sentence, the Kansas City Star reported. It could have chosen life in prison without parole.

District Judge Kelly Ryan will sentence Miller in October.

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Miller was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Reat Underwood, 14, and his grandfather, William Corporon, 69, outside the Jewish Community Center of Kansas City in Overland Park, as well as Terri LaManno, 53, outside the Village Shalom assisted-living facility in April 2014. None of the victims were Jewish, but Miller assumed they were Jewish when he shot them.

He also was found guilty of aggravated assault for pointing a shotgun at a woman and asking if she was Jewish, and of firing into the JCC.

Miller told the Kansas City Star in an interview last November that he began planning the attacks when he became so sick with emphysema that he thought he would die soon and that he conducted reconnaissance missions of the JCC and Village Shalom in the days before the shootings.

“I wanted to make damned sure I killed some Jews or attacked the Jews before I died,” he told the newspaper.

Miller’s doctor told the jury during the death penalty phase that he has three to five years to live.

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