The jury has beneficial life in jail for Nikolas Cruz, the gunman who murdered 17 individuals at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive College in 2018 … and the decide is delaying sentencing till November 1.
In an emotional sentencing listening to Thursday the decide learn the jury’s verdict of life with out parole after they have been unable to unanimously determine on the dying penalty.
The jury of seven males and 5 girls mentioned the 24-year-old’s destiny Wednesday and got here again with their sentence Thursday morning in a Fort Lauderdale courthouse.
Relations of Cruz’s 17 victims have been very clearly indignant sitting contained in the courtroom — many shaking their heads and crying in disbelief. Cruz sat expressionless.
As for the delay, the decide agreed to offer surviving victims an opportunity to be heard earlier than the decide points the sentence.
Cruz pled responsible final 12 months to 34 counts — 17 prices of homicide and 17 prices of tried homicide.
Within the sentencing part, a number of witnesses took the stand to explain the ache and horror they endured on account of the bloodbath. There have been cellphone movies jurors noticed … displaying college students hiding in worry as gunshots rang out.
Attorneys for Cruz highlighted his psychological well being struggles, they usually referred to as witnesses who testified his sickness was triggered by his organic mom’s drug use whereas she was pregnant.
Throughout his courtroom look, he went on a weird rant and begged the households of the victims to offer him a second likelihood … claiming he wished to be spared so he may assist others.
As you understand, Cruz opened fireplace on college students and workers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive in Parkland in February 2018.
It stays one of many deadliest highschool shootings in U.S. historical past.
In a separate case, Cruz additionally pled responsible to assault and battery prices for attacking a jail guard in 2018 after the entire thing was caught on digicam.