James Von Brunn dies in federal prison: Holocaust museum shooter

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Accused U.S. Holocaust museum shooter James Von Brunn has died in a prison hospital, according to a government officials. Von Brunn died at a federal complex in Butner, North Carolina at the age of 88.

Von Brunn, 88, opened fire inside the Holocaust Museum in the nation's capital in June 2009, fatally shooting a security guard before other officers returned fire.

James Von Brunn, better known as the Holocaust Museum Shooter, was awaiting trial for the killing of security guard Stephen T. Johns at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on June 10. Von Brunn was a white supremacist who prior to the shooting had written racist and anti-Semitic screeds on the Internet.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum shooting happened on June 10, 2009 at that nation's memorial to The Holocaust in Washington, D.C. According to the six-page court indictment, Von Brunn entered the building and shot security guard Stephen Tyrone Johns, who died from his injuries.

Von Brunn was known to government officials as a white supremacist and Holocaust denier who had previously been arrested and convicted for entering a federal building with various weapons in 1981.

The Holocaust museum has been a focal point of antisemitism since it was established in 1993. In 2002, federal prosecutors said two white supremacists plotted to blow up the museum with a fertilizer bomb. This is the same type of bomb that was used to blow up a federal building in Oklahoma in 1995

James Von Brunn was charged in federal court on June 11, 2009, with first-degree murder and firearms violations. On July 29, 2009, Von Brunn was indicted on seven counts, including four which made him eligible for the death penalty.

There is no word on the cause of death for James Von Brunn and because he died in a federal facility, officials are not allowed to discuss the case with the press at this time.

Written by Cheryl Phillips

sources: AP, NBC, Wikipedia

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