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Club Q shooter convicted of hate crimes and gun possession at federal level

Anderson Lee AldrichThe man responsible for the 2022 mass shooting at Club Q, an LGBTQ2S+ nightclub in Colorado Springs, was sentenced to life in prison without parole plus 190 years on Tuesday (June 18). Aldrich, 24, pleaded guilty to 74 counts of hate crimes and weapons possession in connection with the attack that left five people dead and 19 injured.

The sentence followed Aldrich's guilty plea last year to state charges that resulted in five consecutive life sentences and an additional 2,212 years without parole. The federal sentence will be served concurrently with the state sentence.

The attack targeted one of the few LGBTQ2S+ spaces in Colorado Springs, a conservative community. The shooting occurred as attendees gathered for Transgender Day of Remembrance events, including a drag show.

“You went into the safe place of this community and committed mass murder there, but I hope you learned today that this community is much stronger than you,” said the US District Judge Charlotte Sweeney he said when the verdict was announced.

Survivors and family members of the victims gave emotional testimony during the hearing, describing the trauma of the attack and its lasting impact on their lives. The shooting was described as a “brazen and calculated” attack on staff and patrons of the club and a “biased, premeditated attack with mass casualties.”