The man who opened fire outside Atlanta area spas killing several people, pleaded guilty to four of the deaths in an effort to escape the death penalty.
However, he is not completely free from the execution chamber as prosecutors handling other cases could still seek to have Robert Allen Long killed for the March 2021 spree.
Long opened fire outside of several spas in the Atlanta area and killed eight people. While investigators initially thought the shootings might have been hate crimes against the Asian community, they were actually tied to a sex addiction.
On July 27, Long pleaded guilty to four counts of murder in Cherokee County in connection to the spree, according to media reports. He was given four life sentences for those killings. After the shooting in Cherokee County, Long allegedly drove to two more spas in the Atlanta area and killed four more people.
Elcias Rocendo Hernandez Ortiz, who was injured in the shootings, spoke at the July 27 hearing and said the past months have been difficult, according to the Associated Press.
“Honestly, this man, why didn’t he think before killing so many people? I only want justice,” he said.
According to the Daily Beast, Long went by his middle name, Aaron, and a tagline on what appeared to be his Instagram account, which has since been removed, read: “Pizza, guns, drums, music, family, and God. This pretty much sums up my life. It’s a pretty good life.”