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Nikolas Cruz pleads guilty to 2018 Parkland school massacre

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.

10/20/2021 5:24:00 PM

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.

FORT LAUDERDALE , Fla. (AP) — Nikolas Cruz pleaded guilty to murder on Wednesday in the 2018 high school massacre in Parkland , Florida , that left 17 dead. Cruz, 23, entered his pleas in a courtroom hearing attended by a dozen relatives of victims after answering a long list of questions from Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer aimed at confirming his mental competency.

The guilty pleas will set the stage for a penalty trial in which 12 jurors will determine whether Cruz should be sentenced to death or life in prison without parole. Given the case’s notoriety, Scherer plans to screen thousands of prospective jurors. Hearings are scheduled throughout November and December, with a goal to start testimony in January.

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Following the pleas, Broward State Attorney Mike Satz recounted the details of the murders.Cruz killed the 14 students and three staff members on Valentine’s Day 2018during a seven-minute rampage through a three-story building at Stoneman Douglas, investigators said. They said he shot victims in the hallways and in classrooms with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle. Cruz had been expelled from Stoneman Douglas a year earlier after a history of threatening, frightening, unusual and sometimes violent behavior that dated back to preschool.

The shootings caused some Stoneman Douglas students to launch the March for Our Lives movement, which pushes for stronger gun restrictions nationally.Since days after the shooting, Cruz’s attorneys had offered to have him plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence, saying that would spare the community the emotional turmoil of reliving the attack at trial. But Satz rejected the offer, saying Cruz deserved a death sentence, and appointed himself lead prosecutor. Satz, 79, stepped down as state attorney in January after 44 years, but remains Cruz’s chief prosecutor. headtopics.com

His successor, Harold Pryor, is opposed to the death penalty but has said he will follow the law. Like Satz, he never accepted the defense offer — as an elected official, that would have been difficult, even in liberal Broward County, where Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than 2 to 1.

By having Cruz plead guilty, his attorneys will be able to argue during the penalty hearing that he took responsibility for his actions.__Associated Press reporter Will Weissert in Washington, D.C., contributed to this report. Read more: The Associated Press »

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So marijuana made him shoot kids? I think I have been doing it all wrong then. He had 3 years to come up with an excuse and that's the best he could come up with? A death sentence? What a joke? Even if that happens he'll still be alive after the kids he killed would have been grandparents. Nobody died at Parkland. Just like Sandy Hook. Hmmmm. Let's see.. Parkland Florida, drill that day, Sandy Hook, drill that day, Christ Church, drill that day, Boston bombing, drill that day. I think I see a pattern here. A liberal, false-flag pattern. 😅😅🤣

They won’t reach a verdict until he’s eligible for Social Security 🙄 CathyScero If they give him death, how will he suffer long and hard in jail with inmates who are much bigger than he is? Quick. Everyone CC:RepMTG who swears these Mass Shootings didn't happen I think the death penalty is too lenient for some people. Letting human filth like this rot away for their entire life in prison is honestly more satisfying.

I’m all for this guy dying, but… is life in prison worse? I think so. Let him rot. somethings missing... If NikolasCruz is truely sorry, how about 17 life sentences of community service addressing schools etc to convince that one person who is contemplating a similar attack that he regrets it, they should seek help or use that AR-15 on themselves First and not be a coward like him.

Nikolas Cruz pleads guilty to 17 counts of murder in Parkland shootingCruz, 23, also pleaded guilty to 17 counts of attempted murder in connection with the deadliest high school shooting in recent U.S. history.

So when are the delusional and psycho fan girls gonna come out and try to defend this killer because he's 'cute'? Ah come on, just take him out back like an old dog and be done with it HeDidntDoIt tricky answer but have him decide his own faith Seems fair. The world, the system all you commenters live in, broke him, hurt him and drove him to pure detachment and he screamed 'I'M BROKEN because of ALL OF YOU' with his AR15...and now all you quick to violence, irrational folks in your own worlds, point the finger. All SAME

Life in prison death penalty. The death penalty is pointless It shouldn’t have taken them this long to do all of this they knew he was guilty anyways from the beginning The only bad part about this is that he probably won’t be executed if he’s pleading guilty. Yes Aleshaklepp72

Nikolas Cruz pleads guilty to 2018 Parkland school massacre Nikolas Cruz pleaded guilty to murder on Wednesday in the 2018 high school massacre in Parkland , Florida , that left 17 dead. Cruz, 23, entered his pleas in a courtroom hearing attended by a dozen relatives of victims after answering a long list of questions from Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer aimed at confirming his mental competency. A penalty trial will determine if Cruz will receive a sentence of death or life in prison without parole. Sick bitch😒 Now he can enjoy his own room food delivered, sex change , lawyers , at no expense . Which his victims will not enjoy all 17 of them all at the cost of tax payers . He deserves what they did not deserve to be is stone cold dead not live a luxury life . Lord Jesus you know where the problem lie and you Alone are able to help this young man and to show him his need for You and then to save his soul. Thank you Lord Jesus thank you

Just do what you do with all of them give him a movie deal . Have COVID+ people spit on him and make sure he remains unvaccinated if he is. Bozo 🤡 He needs the Winchesters to investigate Give him life without parole, make him suffer instead of a free way out of his punishment death penalty. you dont get to take 17 innocent lives like that and stay alive, thats morally wrong. you literally planned it too, ur not mentally disabled, so you dont get that excuse.

Either way, whatever happens to him, I care only for the families of those who passed on because of what he's done. I don't even care about his future anymore. What an amazing role model for young americans👍 give em more bibles and guns🤡🤡🤡 Bring back public executions

Parkland Shooting Trial Live Updates: Nikolas Cruz pleads guilty to all 34 counts of murder, attempted murder Parkland Shooting Trial Update: Judge Elizabeth Scherer denied Nikolas Cruz 's request to address the family of victims directly in court, saying it was not the right time to do so. More from our live blog:

saryoung13 Thank goodness. Life in prison or the death penalty are both appropriate punishments for him. Playing the white card now... give em cock and ball torture Families of the victims and many professionals didn’t want his name publicized for reasons of personal anguish and to not to make a hero of him to other psychos. Media was like nahh of course. 🙄

Today is not a good national news day Took almost 4 years cus he was white. The slime bastard doesn't want to die. i remember when this happend, this was 10 minutes away from my school back then and we went on lockdown for 30 min but no one told the kids why, i got home to watch RealMadrid vs ParisSaintGermain and my mom told me the news

why do court cases like these even take so long? like what is there that needs to be argued about and discussed? Might aswell give dude a same day trial because there’s obviously no way to even come up with any bs that’d make him “innocent”. Death

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i pray for all the family who loss i cry for you everyday He might have killed 17 and injured 17, but at least he wears a mask Barely? Wtf Let his classmates decide... Capital punishment, nothing less! Also, no GuaranteedBasicIncome before he dies! Republicans are furious and outraged at this because it proves Parkland was real when they tried to claim it was a fake incident.

and 3 years to convict him, man oh man IT TOOK 3 YEARS? Let him rot in jail….death is to quick.

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Apologies denied 3 years later thats fucking so stupid He plead guilty to crime that many of a certain persuasion say never actually happened… This same group also thinks 1/6 wasn’t an insurrection too Death penalty I'd think that the family members would not want him alive after the pain he caused to all those familes!! Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth!

If he is serious about 'helping others', he should just shut the fuck up and take the death penalty Don't spare Thought this mf was sentenced to death like four years ago Life in prison is what he needs He looks funny

Nikolas Cruz pleads guilty to 2018 Parkland school massacre Nikolas Cruz pleaded guilty to murder on Wednesday in the 2018 high school massacre in Parkland , Florida , that left 17 dead. Cruz, 23, entered his pleas in a courtroom hearing attended by a dozen relatives of victims after answering a long list of questions from Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer aimed at confirming his mental competency. A penalty trial will determine if Cruz will receive a sentence of death or life in prison without parole. Sick bitch😒 Now he can enjoy his own room food delivered, sex change , lawyers , at no expense . Which his victims will not enjoy all 17 of them all at the cost of tax payers . He deserves what they did not deserve to be is stone cold dead not live a luxury life . Lord Jesus you know where the problem lie and you Alone are able to help this young man and to show him his need for You and then to save his soul. Thank you Lord Jesus thank you

I remember this story, I wish people had given him the help he desperately needed. Mental health struggles and no guidance.. I feel bad for the families but I also feel bad for him too. He will have to live with this for the rest of his life. Death Death Rest In Peace to the victims. Death. Prison just gives him free room and board until he dies. Don’t waste tax payer money on housing him or anyone like him

I think the capital punishment would fit the crime. If we were guaranteed that he would be a power bottom for the Nation of Islam in what ever prison he ends up in every single day for the rest of his miserable life then yes no death penalty. Other than that…. wtf is taking so long I hate to say it but he's likely to get the death penalty. God I hope I'm wrong.

Line him up outside and finish the job

Looks like the Demons didn’t protect him 🤷‍♂️ Is there, accidentally of course, a long lingering extremely painful way to execute him? As he’s forced to look at pictures of the poor kids he killed, eyes forced open, Clockwork Orange style? Is that too much to ask? Let's all make sure to punish the small undeveloped mind instead of society pushing guns and society making movies depicting gangs being 'cool' when sticking up for themselves or killing enemies. Lol what a fuckin broken world we live in. Corrupt as fuck.

Keep him alive and in prison for the next 60 Finally Do not give him the respect of using his name. Honor the victims and send healing to the families. I feel sorry for him We get around 4% of death penalty cases wrong, meaning we kills innocent people in the name of justice but this guy.... yeah he can get it

Death penalty but he doesn’t ever know the date and make him wait Bring back cruel and unusual punishment :) Find something fantastic to do to him, flay him, forced amputations, all sorts of fun stuff! Keep him on the edge of life in pain for as long as possible, but nooo Americans are “civilized”.😕 putting on big ol' glasses to appear innocent in court got way out of hand with this one

Send him to ADX Florence. That's prob worse than death. Spend the rest of his life in solitary confinement and I’ll make the room pure white So now we deciding if we need to spend more taxpayer money to keep him alive? Americans need real gun control. GunControlNow GunReformNow NRAisaTerroristOrganization 2ndAmendment NeverVoteConservative

Throw him to gators Save the taxpayer dollars. Let the Stoneman families determine his fate in a locked room with him in it. But was he vaccinated? I forgot about him until the media reported on him again What he was gonna do? Say he didn't do it?

Kids a hero. Kids these days are shithead little bulliea and he took out the trash rheidrick24 Maybe the parents should decide what happens to him. yall just now doing this? mf he should have been bones by now I feel death pen is too easy. Just let him rot in a hole & let mother nature work it out clearing_fog This murderer says he wants to live. What did he think his outcome would be?

but will it really be the death penalty? or life in prison? or will some lawyer convince the courts at a later date that he has already served his sentence and should be released early? ie: Sirhan Sirhan Death penalty no question Nickolas cruz be like: Kill it immediately

The school counselors really failed this kid just imagine if the school counselor worked out his problems in school he wouldn't have been a vengeful devil and just maybe this wouldn't have happened I say life without parole. Death sentence is too merciful. Give him the DP! Is the demon sharing the sentence with him?

Put him out of his misery ASAP. People like him are the reason I think the death penalty should be reserved for the worst of the worst Don't Bully kids, don't ostracize them, make sure all kids feel like they are a part of your community and feel like they belong. Prevent this from happening again. Looking at you callmeX

We already knew he was guilty. He is trying to beat the system. Give him the lethal inj… I saw this on Court TV earlier. They're probably gonna give him the chair for this. What took niggas so long ? That’s 3 years ago there’s no if’s ands or buts wtf

This is one racist country man. 2018 and he just going to court johnny_queer AND, in his statement to the court and the survivors, he says '...I have to LIVE with this everyday...' 🐊😢 why he still alive? Don’t give him the easy way out, he’s not a threat to escape prison or anything, let him rot under the prison for the rest of his life

Surprisingly, justice served! What’s going to happen to the school board members and bureaucrats that allowed him to stay in school? They are co-conspirators to those murders. “Why Meadow Died”!! Great now let the parents of the kids he shot shoot him to death ☺️ How many times do you have to say his name in one tweet? Ffs

death A better way to write the story would be “A 23 year old man pleaded guilty in the murders of (insert names of 17 people here). We should always hear their names and never his. Take that to J-school..

Death, obviously. People like this ain't worth keeping around. Stone him Wait didint Marjorie Taylor Greene say this shooting didin't happen and it was fake news. well i would sure fucking hope so All he has to say is. That he is in legal alien. Then they will let him go. This took more than 3 years? Why is this killer still alive! No wonder so many senseless crimes are committed. Where’s the justice for those murdered 4 years ago while this guy still breathes🤷🏾‍♂️

Life in prison without parole 🤬 Cmon it’s florida. They’ll give him the chair.

For pleading guilty, he may get life. The death penalty is too good for him. He's young. Let him think about it every day for as long as he lives. Mental health should be a priority. And allocating resources toward helping people deal with trauma and depression, is a must. I feel for the victims’ families 🙏🏻🙏🏻, and I also feel Nikolas was not given the proper help when he needed it.

Death penalty Nikolas pack🚬😹 Why is dis nigga still breathing? Eye for an eye Shouldve gotten death a long time ago Why does he look like a 57 year old librarian?

Smoke weed everyday He doesn’t get to live too bad torturing to death isn’t an option. Another Reason I don’t like guns . Ain’t no way a week dude like that could kill anyone hand to hand but with that weapon look how easy it was for him . REMINDER to the POTUS/VP/WhiteHouse, You made a campaign promise....⬇️

i don’t agree with the death penalty, but give him the worst please.