Parkland School Shooter Will Be Sentenced To Life In prison today | CNN

CNN — The painful months of a trial in which a jury rejected a death sentence recommendation came to an end as the gunman who killed 17 people at a South Florida high school in 2018 is expected to face a life sentence without parole on Wednesday. sentence. Nikolas Cruz, 24, faces more victims in court before Broward circuit judge Elizabeth Scherer officially sentenced her recommended last month. This was the result of disappointing and angering many of the relatives of those he killed. this week. “It is heartbreaking to know that no one who has heard and seen all this has brought the worst possible punishment to this murderer,” Annika Dworrett, 17-year-old mother of victim Nicholas Dwarrett, said on Wednesday. “As we all know, the worst punishment in Florida is the death penalty,” she said. How much worse would be a crime that justifies the death penalty?” Wednesday was the second day of emotional victim shock testimony following Tuesday when relatives of many victims and some of the shooting survivors faced Cruz, who pleaded guilty to 17 murders and 17 attempted murders last year. Despite continuing American gun violence at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, it remains the deadliest mass shooting in an American high school. Live Update: Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz’s formal sentencing Others tested on Wednesday, such as Lori Alhadeff, who said he went to the coroner’s office to see the body of his 14-year-old daughter Alyssa We talked about the pain caused by the shooting. Her gunslinger touched her where she shot her and hoped to bring her back to life. “You stole Alyssa her lifelong memory,” she told the gunman. “Alyssa will not be graduating from high school. Alyssa said she would never go to college and Alyssa would never play football. She will never marry and have no children,” she said. Rory Al-Hadev added, “My hope for you is that you live a miserable life.” “I hope the pain you have done to my family burns and traumatizes you every day.” The state demanded the death penalty, so Cruz’s trial moved to sentencing, and a jury was tasked with hearing why prosecutors and counsel thought he should and shouldn’t. Prosecutors argued in part that the shootings were particularly heinous, brutal, planned and calculated. Lawyers who were sentenced to life in prison have pointed out that the shooter’s mental or intellectual defect was due to prenatal alcohol exposure. A jury of three persuaded a life ballot, with the exception of the death penalty, which must be recommended by a unanimous jury in Florida. Scherer is required by state law to follow the jury’s recommendation for life without parole. Throughout this week’s testimony, the shooter kept his emotions while wearing a red prison jumpsuit and glasses. He also wore a medical mask, but took off her mask on Wednesday when Jennifer Gutenberg, mother of 14-year-old victim Jamie, said it was rude. “You must not sit while wearing a mask. It’s rude to hide your face under a mask when we, as a family, sit here and talk to you,” she testified. “Sit down. You tilt your head at trying to look innocent even when you’re not innocent because you acknowledged what you’ve done. And everyone knows what you did.” Then the criminal took off the mask, but his expression did not change. Of the fatalities, 14 were students and three were school personnel who died while running towards danger or helping students to keep them safe. Students killed were: Alyssa Alhadeff, 14; Martin Duque Anguiano, age 14; Nicholas Dwarrett, age 17; Jamie Gutenberg, age 14; Luke Heuer, age 15; Kara Lauren, age 14; Gina Montalto, age 14; Joaquin Oliver, 17; Alina Petty, age 14; Meadow Pollock, 18; Helena Ramsay, age 17; Alex Shachter, age 14; Carmen Schentrup, age 16; and Peter Wang, age 15. geography teacher Scott Beigel, 35; wrestling coach Chris Hickson, 49; The 37-year-old assistant football manager Aaron Feis has also died. In testimony this week, life sentences dropped more than many wounded and the families of those he killed would like, along with testimony that the jury weighed more on his life than the 17 deaths. “It’s really, really sad. I miss my little son.” Max Schachter, father of 14-year-old victim Alex Schachter, told CNN Wednesday before sentencing. “It’s not right for the worst high school shooter in American history to basically get what he wants,” he said, referring to Cruz’s life sentence. Samantha Fuentes, one of the shooting survivors, admitted she was “angry” at his sentencing as she faced Cruz Monday. But she said otherwise, “I will not take my anger, my pain, my pain to others because I am stronger than you. This whole community behind me is stronger than you.” Fuentes reminded Cruz that they walked the same hallway and were together at JROTC. “At that time, we were still children,” she said. “Ironically, I was still a child when I saw you standing by the window holding a swastika AR-15 and peering through a Holocaust study class. After watching you kill two of my friends, I was still a child. I was still a child when you shot me.” Another student, Joaquin Oliver’s girlfriend, Victoria Gonzalez, reminded the shooter that the shooter had taken a class with them, and each student did as the teacher walked around the classroom every day asking students to answer their homework. She said every day she wished Cruz had her own for him. “I was quietly cheering you on at my desk. You didn’t know who I was and I was cheering for you,” Gonzalez said. “Because you feel you need someone or something. And I could feel it.” But Joaquin’s murder made it difficult for her Gonzalez to make friends with her, get close to her others, and allow her others to love her the way he did, she said. “I want you to meet Joaquin.” She said. “Because he must have been your friend. He would have reached out to you.” Much remains unclear about what Cruz’s future holds. He will be detained in Broward County before being handed over to the Florida Department of Corrections and transferred to one of several reception centers across the state. Florida criminal defense attorney Janet Johnson told CNN that Cruz will undergo physical and mental tests there for several weeks. “They’ll look at his records and they’ll look at the level of crime he’s been convicted of. This is definitely top notch. And they’ll recommend a facility somewhere in the state.” According to the Florida Department of Corrections website, establishments are determined by factors including the seriousness of the offense, the sentence, and the prisoner’s previous criminal record. Generally, those convicted of the most serious crimes or sentenced to the longest sentences are placed in the safest facilities, the website explains. Because Cruz is a high-risk criminal, Johnson said, there is a chance he could be in jail with other celebrities or “very dangerous criminals.” “But he won’t be isolated. Of course, it’s going to be a real threat to him because there may be people who want ‘prison justice’ and think his sentence in court isn’t enough,” Johnson said. Added. The Department of Corrections did not answer CNN’s questions about what kind of mental health treatment Cruz could receive while in prison. During the trial, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office released more than 30 pages of text and drawings that revealed Cruz’s disturbing thoughts with a focus on guns, blood and death. Cruz wrote on one page that he wanted to go to death row and on another page he told his family that he was sad and hoped he would die of a heart attack through taking painkillers and extreme eating. For the victims and their families, the end of the gunman’s trial marks the end of a chapter in a lifelong journey of sorrow. “I want to leave this behind,” Max Schachter told CNN on Wednesday. “I’m going to court later today. He’ll be sentenced to life in prison and will never think about this killer again.”

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