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Robert Long The Atlanta Spa Shooter Has Pleaded Guilty To Four Charges Of Murder

Long will be imprisoned for the rest of his life without the chance of release.
The 22-year-old man who killed eight people in an Atlanta-area spa shooting spree in March pleaded guilty to four of the murders on Tuesday and accepted a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
After answering a series of questions from Judge Ellen McElyea, Robert Aaron Long submitted his plea in Cherokee County Superior Court.
He despised his sexual addiction, he said, and it pushed him to blame sex workers at the spas he frequented for his sex addiction.
Long pled guilty to the murders he carried out on March 16 at Young’s Asian Massage in Cherokee County, near Atlanta.
Xiaojie “Emily” Tan, 49, Daoyou Feng, 44, Delaina Yaun, 33, and Paul Michels, 54, were killed in the Cherokee County massacre.
Long is still charged with additional murders in Fulton County, where he is accused of continuing his shooting spree at two different Atlanta spas.
In Fulton County, he was charged with the murders of Suncha Kim, 69, Soon Chung Park, 74, Hyun Jung Grant, 51, and Yong Ae Yue, 63.
While the majority of the victims were Asian, Cherokee County District Attorney Shannon Wallace informed McElyea that a thorough investigation involving the FBI found insufficient evidence to support charges of hate crimes against Long.
“This was not any kind of hate crime,” Wallace said, adding that investigators interviewed more than 40 people, including Asian acquaintances of Long. McElyea retorted, “If hatred is given a gun, it doesn’t matter who gets in the way.”
Whether we belong to that group or not, we are all vulnerable to hate crimes.” In May, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis filed court paperwork indicating that her office planned to seek the death penalty and hate crime charges against Long.
Willis filed a motion last week requesting that Long be moved to the Fulton County jail after his Cherokee County court hearing, and that an arraignment for Long in Fulton County be scheduled “on or before Aug. 1.”
According to court filings, “by June 6, 2021, or as soon as practicable.”

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