A white supremacist convicted of murdering two people was tossed out of a courtroom after interrupting a victim impact statement to tell the teenager he wished he had killed her too.
Jeremy Christian, 38, was found guilty in February for the murders of two men and the assault of another after the three confronted him about racist and anti-Muslim harassment he directed at two teenage Black girls, one of whom was wearing a hijab, on a Portland train in 2017, according to the Associated Press.
One of those young women, Demetria Hester, took the stand on Tuesday to deliver a victim impact statement. In it, she described Christian as a "waste of breath" that his mother "should have swallowed," according to court footage uploaded by The Oregonian.
Hester went on to say that she hopes Christian rots in hell. Christian then interrupted her by saying, "See you there, b--tch." He then told her to "go back to Tennessee," and tore off his face mask and began chanting "George Floyd."
As authorities began escorting Christian out of the courtroom, he exclaimed to Hester, "I should have killed you, b--tch."
Christian was convicted earlier this year for the murders of Ricky John Best, 53, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, two train passengers who Christian stabbed to death after they tried to intervene when Christian began harassing the teenagers on May 26, 2017, according to the Associated Press. The third man, Micah Fletcher, was stabbed in the neck but survived.
Multnomah County Circuit Judge Cheryl Albrecht on Wednesday sentenced Christian to two consecutive life sentences, in addition to 25 years for various counts that include assault and hate crimes, The Oregonian reports.
During that hearing, Christian was kept in a separate room where he could see and hear proceedings but was unable to interrupt, according to the AP. This was at the request of the victim's families.
While Christian — who had previously denied any wrongdoing — seemed emotional at times, he stood by his violent actions and claimed that he acted in self-defense, The Oregonian reported.
“I do regret that two people died, but I do not regret my actions,” he said.
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