A white American suspected of shooting eight people, including six women of Asian descent, has pleaded guilty to four murders. The gunman struck massage parlours in and near Atlanta, Georgia, in March.
That 22-year-old Robert Aaron Long pleads guilty is part of an agreement with prosecutors in the Cherokee County area, where four people were killed.
The violence shocked the Asian-American community and sparked anti-hate crime demonstrations. However, long himself denied that he acted out of racism.
He said he was having issues with sex addiction and that he wanted to “turn off” his “temptations”. A public prosecutor had previously announced that he would go for the death penalty.