Florida prosecutors will seek death penalty for Parkland high school shooter

Pauline Gross
March 14, 2018

Cruz's public defender has argued that he suffers from serious mental illness, noting that he will enter a guilty plea if prosecutors agree to not seek the death penalty.

A Florida prosecutor said Tuesday he plans to seek the death penalty against Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old charged with killing 17 people at a Parkland, Fla., high school last month.

The office of Broward County State Attorney Michael Satz filed the formal notice Tuesday.

"We still stand ready to immediately plead guilty to all counts - to 34 consecutive life sentences without parole", Finkelstein said.

George Brauchler, the district attorney who led the Aurora prosecution, said choosing to pursue a death sentence was a hard choice, one that he said prompted impassioned arguments from relatives of Aurora victims who were in favor of seeking death as well as those pushing for a life sentence.

His lawyers have let it be known he is prepared to plead guilty if he is guaranteed not to receive a death sentence.

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Meanwhile, a student who is credited with saving the lives of 20 students by attempting to close and lock a classroom door during the attack is improving at a hospital.

Meanwhile, Florida voters may get a chance to decide whether or not they want to approve new gun control restrictions. Anthony Borges, 15, was shot five times.

The defendant was arrested shortly after the shooting at the high school, which is the worst high school shooting in USA history. After surgeries, his condition was upgraded to fair, his attorney and the hospital said.

The family's attorney says that after surgeries, his intestinal area has been sealed off. Alex Arreaza says the student is breathing on his own after being taken off a ventilator.

The announcement came down Tuesday afternoon when they filed a Notice of Intent in his case.

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