On June 17th, 2015, Roof went on a shooting spree at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, in Charleston, South Carolina, during a prayer service killing nine people, and injuring one.
The dead included Senior Pastor and State Senator Clementa C. Pinkney.
Judge Richard Gergel will sentence Roof on Wednesday, and he is bound by the verdict of the jury. The roof will go down in history as the first hate crime defendant to be sent to the electric chair, although a team of Attorney's who worked on Roof's defense said in a statement that the case was far from over.
The prosecutors welcomed the verdict and lauded it as just and fair.
"Contrary to Roof's desire to sow the seeds of hate, his acts did not tear this community apart," US Attorney Beth Drake said of the tragedy. "Instead of agitating racial tensions as he had hoped, Roof's deadly attack inside Mother Emanuel became an assault on all of us, and the community stood in solidarity."
Relatives of the victims who were killed and presented in the courtroom when the verdict was delivered became teary and said even though the judgment would not bring their loved ones back, it would be a lesson to people with Roof's hate mentality.
The roof had confessed to the crime, saying his aim was to sow racial discord in the community.