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Jury Has Thrown Out Death Sentence For Parkland School Shooter – He Gets Life Sentence

Jury Has Thrown Out Death Sentence For Parkland School Shooter – He Gets Life

Nikolas Cruz will be imprisoned for life without the chance of release.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, shot and killed 17 students and faculty members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, just outside of Miami, Florida, on February 14, 2018. The atrocity was dubbed the Parkland school shooting.

A Florida jury determined today (Oct. 13) that instead of the capital penalty, the Parkland shooter would be sentenced to life in prison. Cruz will not be eligible for parole. The dead victims’ parents and loved ones have condemned the court’s decision. Tony Montalto’s 14-year-old daughter Gina was killed in the massacre.

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“Society has to really look and re-examine who and what is a victim,” Cruz’s father said at a press conference following the announcement of his son’s fate. Everyone is not a victim. “The victims here were my beautiful Gina, the other sons and daughters, spouses and fathers.” Montalto believed the jurors felt sorry for the Parkland shooter because he had a “difficult childhood.” “I see my beautiful daughter’s face around our home in my dreams,” he added. And I miss her terribly.”

Montalto is the founder of the advocacy group Stand With Parkland. He read a prepared statement to the media while speaking to them. “Today’s decision was just another gut hit for so many of us who lost loved ones on that horrific Valentine’s Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.” Seventeen lovely lives were cut short by murder — heinous, premeditated, torturous murder. “And the monster who killed them lives on,” he explained.

“While this sentence fails to punish the perpetrator to the full extent of the law, it will not deter our mission as families who stand with Parkland to effect positive change at the federal, state, and local levels to prevent school shooting tragedies from shattering other American families,” he continued. According to CNN, the jury recognized Cruz’s eligibility for the death penalty but did not believe the aggravating factors outweighed the mitigating ones.

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