Parkland School gunman Nikolas Cruz was officially sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Wednesday, two days after impact statements from the families of 17 slain victims.
According to the sheet Related press.
Families of Parkland victims referred to Cruz as a “Devil, Devil, Coward, Monster” in the days leading up to his sentencing.
Meanwhile, Cruz sat expressionless in a red jumpsuit as Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer handed down 34 consecutive life sentences, one by one, to each of the murder victims and the 17 others he was sentenced to. injured in the February 14, 2018 massacre at Marjory Stonemason Douglas High School.
Judge Scherer’s voice may break as she reads the first few sentences, clearly caught up in the emotions of the courtroom, but ultimately continues to be brief as she scrolls down the list.
Parkland rifleman Nikolas Cruz received a life sentence without parole after the families of 17 murder victims spent two days confronting him head-on, expressing anger and grief. https://t.co/ayzd7kQzsv pic.twitter.com/rl23goTUCj
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While Cruz was officially sentenced to life in prison, that was a foregone conclusion after the jury in his third sentencing trial voted 9-1 to sentence him to death on Wednesday. last month.
However, Florida law requires 100% consent for the death penalty to be applicable, the newspaper reported.
Judge commends victim’s family for strength, patience and grace as Cruz is formally sentenced
The judge made no comment to Cruz beyond what is required by law, and instead commended the victim’s family as well as those injured in the massacre, calling them strong, patient people. and graceful.
Scherer told the victims’ families: “I know you’ll be fine, because you have each other.
Meanwhile, several family members cried as the judge spoke, with one father exclaiming “Nice riddle” after Cruz was led out of the courtroom.
They then began to comfort and hug each other, according to the AP.
Cruz, 24, pleaded guilty in last year’s massacre, admitting to stalking the three-story schoolhouse for seven minutes and firing 140 shots with a semi-automatic rifle.
Cruz is likely to spend the next few years getting protection, legal experts say
In the coming days, he will be taken to the state prison system processing center outside Miami while he is assigned to a maximum security facility.
The agency reports that he will likely be placed under protective house arrest for the next several years before being released into the general population of the prison.
While some family members said they would never think of Cruz again after his sentencing, others were seething as they wished him a painful death, while lamenting breathe that he cannot be condemned as such.
“True justice would be done if every family here were given a bullet and your AR-15 and we had to pick up the straw, and each of us had to shoot you one by one, make sure I promise you will feel it little by little. ,” said Linda Beigel Schulman, whose son, teacher Scott Beigel, was shot in the back while leading students to safety in her classroom.
Schulman went on to say that in that scenario, Cruz would have to face growing fears “until the last member of the family pulling that last straw has the privilege of making sure they kill you.” .”
Victim’s parents, family describe endless tragedy caused by Cruz’s actions
Last week, Fred Guttenberg told the court he finally saw CCTV video of the shooting and saw his 14-year-old daughter Jaime take one step from the stairwell door to safety before the bullet Cruz’s stuck in the spine.
“I see you like it,” Guttenberg told Cruz.
He then said he went to Jaime’s grave to ask her for guidance, the AP reported.
“I walked out of the cemetery and realized that regardless of the verdict, nothing would change. Jaime is still at the cemetery,” he said. “I’m still the father who dreams of walking his daughter every day and now I have to face reality for the rest of my life that I won’t be able to.”
Meanwhile, Victoria Gonzalez – whose boyfriend Joaquin Oliver was killed by Cruz while he was lying on the injured floor – told Cruz she used to sit near him in class and added that she felt sorry for him every day. The next day considers his personal struggles.
Cruz’s lawyers have tried to say he suffered brain damage from drinking his mother’s alcohol at birth, prosecutors, family call Dr.
Cruz’s lawyers have said he suffered brain damage from his biological mother’s alcoholism, but both prosecutors and the victim’s family denied that claim.
Gonzalez told Cruz: “I like you very much. At that time her life was very happy, she had friends: “Joaquin loves me for all my flaws”.
Since the massacre, she said her fear of loss has kept her from getting close to anyone.
Some parents pray to the legislature to change the state’s death penalty law
“I blame you – not you alone – but definitely you,” she said, before recalling the moment she listened to a medical examiner describe her boyfriend’s gruesome head injury. “I’m going to live with that – and you’ll live with it nonchalantly.”
In the two-day period leading up to Wednesday, some parents vowed to petition the Legislature in an effort to change the state’s death penalty law, so that the judge doesn’t need to unanimously send a sentence. death.
“Are we closed now? Let me be clear, it is not at all,” said Dr Ilan Alhadeff, whose 14-year-old daughter Alyssa was killed in the massacre. “What I see is that the life expectancy system for this 17+ animal is now dead. Worse still, we’ve sent the message to the next killer out there that the death penalty won’t be applied to serial killers. This is wrong and needs to be corrected immediately.”