Nikolas Cruz, the monster who murdered 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
The 24-year-old’s sentencing was made final Wednesday … following an emotional couple days of victims’ parents and loved ones addressing Cruz directly.
Before the sentencing was handed down, the judge spoke directly to the victims and families — reminding them that they’re a part of a strong community — adding those they’ve lost will never be forgotten.
As we reported, the jury recommended life in prison for Cruz in October — they were unable to unanimously decide on the death penalty. At the time, Family members of Cruz’s 17 victims were very obviously angry sitting inside the courtroom — many shaking their heads and crying in disbelief. Cruz sat expressionlessly.
You’ll recall, Cruz pled guilty last year to 34 counts — 17 charges of murder and 17 charges of attempted murder.
In the sentencing phase, multiple witnesses took the stand to describe the pain and horror they endured as a result of the massacre. There were cell phone videos jurors saw … showing students hiding in fear as gunshots rang out.
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