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John Earnest biography: 13 things about Rancho Peñasquitos, San Diego, California man


John T. Earnest is a white man from California, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He is a resident of Rancho Peñasquitos, San Diego, California. (a)
  2. He is a former nursing student. (b)
  3. He attended Mount Carmel High School in Rancho Peñasquitos, where his father was a science teacher until retiring in 2016. He later attended the California State University in Long Beach, California. (c)
  4. On March 24, 2019, he tried to set fire to the Dar-ul-Arqam mosque in Escondido, California, also known as the Islamic Center of Escondido, because of his hatred of Muslims and the religious character of the building. (a)
  5. On April 13, 2019, he completed a hunting program, qualifying him for a hunting license, and bought a Smith and Wesson M&P 15 assault rifle at San Diego Guns in San Diego. The license was not valid until July 1, 2019. (d)
  6. On April 27, 2019, he published an anti-Semitic manifesto to 8chan, in which described himself a “man of European ancestry.” Over an hour later, he entered the Chabad of Poway synagogue in Poway, California armed with a Smith and Wesson M&P 15 assault rifle fully loaded with a 10-round magazine and opened fire, killing Lori Gilbert-Kaye, 60, and injuring three other members of the congregation, namely Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, then 57,  Almog Peretz, then 34, and Noya Dahan, then 8. He fled in his car, called 911 and confessed that he had “just shot up a synagogue.” (a)(b)(c)(d)
  7. In May 2019, he a federal grand jury indicted him on 113 charges including civil rights, hate crime and firearm charges in connection with the arson of the Dar-ul-Arqam Mosque in Escondido on March 24, 2019 and the murder of Gilbert-Kaye and the attempted murder of 53 others at the Chabad of Poway on April 27, 2019. (a)(d)
  8. On March 5, 2020, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office announced that it would seek the death penalty for him. (d)
  9. On July 20, 2021, he pleaded guilty to state charges in San Diego Superior Court and agreed then to serve the rest of his life in state prison without the possibility of parole. (b)
  10. On September 17, 2021, he pleaded guilty in federal court to a 113-count hate crimes indictment, admitting that he set fire to an Escondido mosque and opened fire in a Poway synagogue because he wanted to kill Muslims and Jews. (a)
  11. For the state charges he pleaded guilty to on July 20, 2021, he will be sentenced on September 30, 2021. (b)
  12. He was 22 years old when he pleaded guilty in federal court to a 113-count hate crimes indictment on September 17, 2021. (a)
  13. Attorneys for him and the government will jointly recommend that he receive a life term in prison when he is sentenced on December 28, 2021. (b)


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