Nikolas Cruz Jury Recommends Life Without Parole for Parkland School Shooting

Nikolas Cruz Jury Recommends Life Without Parole for Parkland School Shooting

NIKOLAS CRUZ
Jury Recommends Living Without Parole
For Parkland School Massacre

10/13/2022 8: 54 AM PT

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UPDATE

10: 32 AM PTNikolas Cruz‘s brother, Zachary, just released a statement, saying, “My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims of my brother’s crimes. In the coming days, I will have much more to say about the Broward State Attorney’s office and Broward School division. This is not the time for that. Today is the day for victims to feel at peace knowing that this legal process has ended. “

UPDATE

He continued, “My brother was sentenced today to life imprisonment. Although many people want death, I know that my brother will have to live with the consequences of what he did for a long time. In the long run, that may be a fate worse than death, and it is the fate he deserves for committing heinous crimes against innocent people.”

The jury has recommended life in prison for Nikolas Cruz, the gunman who murdered 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018 … and the judge is delaying sentencing until November 1.

Thursday’s emotional sentencing hearing saw the judge read the verdict of the jury on life without parole. After they failed to reach a unanimous decision on the death penalty, the jury was unable to agree.

The jury of 7 men and 5 women discussed the 24-year-old’s fate Wednesday and came back with their sentence Thursday morning in a Fort Lauderdale courthouse.

Family members of Cruz’s 17 victims were very obviously angry sitting inside the courtroom — many shaking their heads and crying in disbelief. Cruz sat expressionless.

To make up for the delay, the judge allowed the survivors to be heard before he handed down the sentence.

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Cruz pled guilty last year to 34 counts — 17 charges of murder and 17 charges of attempted murder.

Multiple witnesses testified at the sentencing phase to describe the horror and pain they experienced as a result. Jurors were shown cell phone videos that showed students hiding in fear while gunshots rang out.


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Attorneys for Cruz highlighted his mental health struggles, and they called witnesses who testified his illness was triggered by his biological mother’s drug use while she was pregnant.

During his courtroom appearance, he went on a bizarre rant and begged the families of the victims to give him a second chance … claiming he wanted to be spared so he could help others.

As you know, Cruz opened fire on students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland in February 2018.

It remains one of America’s most deadly high school shootings. history.


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In a separate case, Cruz also pled guilty to assault and battery charges for attacking a jail guard in 2018 after the whole thing was caught on camera.

Originally Published — 8: 54 AM PT

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