On Tuesday, a Georgia man accused of killing eight women at three Atlanta-area massage parlors pleaded guilty in Cherokee County, seeking a life sentence without the possibility of parole for the first four victims. If convicted in four additional shooting fatalities in Atlanta, where he faces charges of domestic terrorism with a hate crime enhancement in addition to murder, Robert Aaron Long risks the death sentence. Long is Caucasian, and six of the victims were Asian women.
Long proceeded inside a massage parlor in Woodstock, Ga., “killing everybody and everyone he saw,” according to District Attorney Shannon Wallace. The prosecution, on the other hand, said that he was driven by sex addiction and a desire to eliminate sources of temptation, rather than the hate of Asians or women.
“All of the evidence obtained in Cherokee County, your honor, led to the same conclusion: this crime was not motivated by prejudice or hatred toward Asian Americans.” In terms of gender prejudice, Wallace stated that a charge based on the hate of women would not have resulted in a longer sentence.