Nikolas Cruz to Plead GUILTY for Mass Shooting, Will He Avoid Death Penalty?


Nikolas Cruz shot up a Florida high school on Valentine’s Day and was captured 40 minutes after the shooting. He will be entering a guilty plea in order to avoid Florida’s death sentence. Cruz, who shot up his former high school Marjory Douglas Stoneman, will plead guilty so he can acquire a life in prison sentence, reports the Sun-Sentinal. The gunman has yet to be formally charged for his crimes, but his defense attorneys plan to meet with state prosecutors. Giving a statement to the Sun-Sentinal, Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein said, “There is only one question: Should this young man live or should he die by execution? We believe it’s in nobody’s best interest to go through a circus of a trial.” Finkelstein continued, “There is no way anyone can minimize the tragedy of what took place. It’s time to mourn; it’s time to figure out how to prevent future tragedies. He should spend the rest of his life in prison, but he does not deserve to die.” Cruz stands accused of 17 counts of premeditated murder and it has been confirmed he used to be a student at Marjory Douglas Stoneman, but was expelled after behavioral and disciplinary issues. “Finkelstein has argued that a trial would be a complete waste of time as punishment is the only issue. However, talks of pleas and suitable punishments are still premature at this point, according to Prosecutor Shari Tate, head of the homicide unit at the Broward State Attorney’s Office,” reports UNILAD. Florida State law has a very stringent death penalty sentence, where it can be passed if a jury unanimously agrees to it after following analysis of exasperated factors made by a prosecution and mitigated circumstances Click to see the original article