Thursday, January 07, 2010

Please Try To Forgive James von Brunn WASHINGTON - The death of a white supremacist accused of opening fire at the Holocaust museum has left some conflicted - not sorry he's gone, but frustrated that he won't stand trial. The 89-year-old James von Brunn, who faced charges that could have earned him the death penalty, died Wednesday at a North Carolina federal prison while awaiting trial. Authorities say von Brunn walked up to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on June 10 carrying a vintage rifle and shot Stephen T. Johns, who was black, as the guard was opening the door for him. Von Brunn was shot in the face by return fire. One of the two guards who fired back said he had mixed feelings about von Brunn's death. "I'm shocked. I'm glad he's gone. I wish he had his day in court but it'll never come," said Harry Weeks of White Plains, Md. -NAFEESA SYEED

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