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South African teen faces life in prison for racist murders

A white South African has been convicted of killing four black people, in a shooting spree in January. A judge sentenced 19-year-old Johan Nel to four life terms in jail.

According to CNN, Nel also targeted 11 others when he committed the crimes early this year. He was 18 at the time.

Nel will also be sentenced to 68 years for 11 counts of attempted murder, five years for possessing a firearm without a license, and three years for possessing ammunition, also without a license.

Frikke Pretorius, Nel's attorney, said Nel killed a mother and her infant, a 70-year-old man, and a 10-year old boy. Witnesses of the shootings claimed Nel was screaming out racist terms as he was shooting. Nel pled guilty to the crimes.

The BBC additionally reported that the killings prompted many protests, including those from South Africa's white population threatening to kill Judge Ronald Hendricks if he sentenced Nel to life in prison.