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Club Q shooter charged with 50 federal hate crimes

The shooter who killed five people and injured 40 at an LGBTQIA+ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, pleaded not guilty to federal hate crimes Tuesday.

Anderson Aldrich was charged with more than 50 federal hate crime violations stemming from the November 2022 shooting at Club Q.

Aldrich, who opened with an AR-15 style rifle, pleaded guilty last year to state murder charges and sentenced to over 2,000 years in state prison.

PHOTO: In this image taken from video provided by the Colorado Judicial Branch, Anderson Lee Aldrich, left, the suspect in a mass shooting at a Colorado Springs LGBTQ+ nightclub in 2022, appears in court, June 26, 2023, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP)
PHOTO: In this image taken from video provided by the Colorado Judicial Branch, Anderson Lee Aldrich, left, the suspect in a mass shooting at a Colorado Springs LGBTQ+ nightclub in 2022, appears in court, June 26, 2023, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP)

Daniel Davis Aston, Kelly Loving, Derrick Rump, Raymond Green Vance, and Ashley Paugh were killed in the incident.

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As was described in detail in the aftermath of the attack, Aldrich was only stopped after two patrons forcibly removed the gun from him.

"The defendant's attack on Club Q interfered with the club's ability to do business and provide a safe, fun, and welcoming environment for patrons who had gathered there during and after the drag show as part of a weekend of events related to Transgender Day of Remembrance," the court documents said.

PHOTO: Police tape cordons off the scene of a mass shooting at Club, Nov. 20, 2022, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (Helen H. Richardson/Denver Post via Getty Images)
PHOTO: Police tape cordons off the scene of a mass shooting at Club, Nov. 20, 2022, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (Helen H. Richardson/Denver Post via Getty Images)

The federal criminal complaint noted that Aldrich, who was 22 at the time, was wearing a tactical vest with ballistic plates and had "at least two additional magazines loaded with ammunition.

Though hate crimes resulting in death charge qualifies for the death penalty, court documents filed jointly by the Justice Department and Aldrich's lawyer on Jan. 9 indicate there has been a plea agreement that removed the death penalty off the table.

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"Among other provisions, the agreement provides that the defendant will plead guilty to every count of a 74-count Information charging him with federal hate crimes in violation of relevant provisions of the Shepard-Byrd Act, 18 U.S.C. § 249, and appurtenant gun crimes in violation of the relevant provisions of 18 U.S.C. § 924," the court documents filed said.

PHOTO: Flowers, signs, balloons and more are left at a makeshift memorial near Club Q, Nov. 20, 2022 in Colorado Springs, Colo. (Helen H. Richardson/Denver Post via Getty Images)
PHOTO: Flowers, signs, balloons and more are left at a makeshift memorial near Club Q, Nov. 20, 2022 in Colorado Springs, Colo. (Helen H. Richardson/Denver Post via Getty Images)

"The United States is not seeking the death penalty in this case. The parties have agreed that multiple concurrent life sentences plus a consecutive sentence of 190 years imprisonment is sufficient but not greater than necessary to achieve the goals of criminal justice," the court documents said.

The court docket indicates a plea hearing will be scheduled in the near future.

A lawyer for Aldrich did not respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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