(TargetLiberty.org) – The perpetrator of the worst school shooting in US history has admitted his guilt; now the nation has to wait for a jury to decide on his punishment.
On October 20, Nikolas Cruz, now 23, pleaded guilty to all charges related to the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The massacre left many students dead and wounded.
BREAKING: Nikolas Cruz pleads guilty to murder in the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead. A penalty trial will determine if Cruz will receive a sentence of death or life in prison without parole. https://t.co/LLJx0M5Ean
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 20, 2021
Cruz was charged with 17 counts each of first-degree murder and attempted murder for the Parkland atrocity, plus charges of aggravated assault and battery following a November 2018 attack on a corrections officer. On Wednesday, he was sentenced to over 25 years in prison for the jail assault. A penalty trial next January will decide his punishment for the Parkland murders.
The prosecution is keen to see Cruz executed, while his defense team has repeatedly tried to instill a guilty plea for having the death penalty taken off the table. Wednesday’s plea, entered without a deal, means the capital punishment option is still open – but it needs a unanimous vote from the jury. Even one dissenter would mean Cruz escapes execution. In that event, he would automatically receive life without parole.
The question is, would that be punishment enough for such an appalling crime?
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