In January, Roof was sentenced to death after his conviction on 33 federal counts, including hate crimes and obstruction of religion. In exchange, he received the life sentences, which come without the possibility of parole.
A law-enforcement official who requested anonymity said that Roof will be taken to a federal prison in another state, where he will await his execution.
"He hoped that one day there would be a white nationalist revolution and that if he was diagnosed as mentally ill or defective, his acts in furtherance of that desired revolution would be discredited, and his reputation as a "perfect speciman" would be destroyed", wrote U.S. Judge Richard Gergel in a previously secret November 25 court document made public Tuesday. He will now wait out the rest of his days in federal prison.
Roof mostly likely will be transferred to a high-security prison in Terre Haute, Ind., where the federal death row is located, said Andy Savage, a Charleston lawyer who represents families of the victims as well as the three survivors.
"The impact to Mother Emanuel has been far reaching".
But Wilson said Roof's actions instead triggered an "unbelievable, touching, moving inspirational legacy" for the survivors and the families of the victims.
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Recalling an email Hurd sent to her sibling in the months before her death, Hurd left behind a comforting message, writing, "It's just the sting that goes away - not the memories". "We remind the Court that these are not logical preferences, but appear to be based on the irrational belief that being labeled mentally impaired will affect the defendants' standing with some hypothetical white nationalists whom the defendant has never met or communicated with - and can not even name - but whom he believes may appoint him to a high government position some day".
"I forgive you", Nadine Collier, the daughter of victim Ethel Lance, said through tears to Roof, who appeared at the bond hearing via video conferencing from jail.
Malloy also spoke during the hearing, on behalf of the family of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the first victim killed. "I wore white today to let everybody know the chapter right now in my life today is closed". I will never be able to hold her again. "Even if I got shot, I just didn't want my granddaughter to get shot".
Manning told the judge on Monday that the church's resiliency "will continue to inspire not only the church members. but we would pray the entire state, country and world".
He also claimed that nearly anything his attorneys say should be "disregarded", adding, "and I will go as far as to say that they all, both federal and state, should be disbarred".
"Dylann is not all bad", said Joe Roof.