A Florida jury chose not to execute the Parkland school shooter in 2018. For each of the 17 counts of first-degree murder, a life sentence was suggested. Last year, the shooter admitted guilt for the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Join our weekday newsletter list to receive original analysis, news, and trends in your inbox. Thank you for registering! The Parkland school shooter should be sentenced to life in prison without the chance of release, a Florida jury recommended on Thursday, rather than death.
After a day of deliberations that concluded the trial’s months-long proceedings, the jury found each of the 17 first-degree murder charges to be guilty and recommended life in prison.
Families of the victims were seated in the courtroom, and they could be seen displaying indications of frustration and shock as Judge Elizabeth Schere delivered the jury’s recommendations for each count. Families seemed to become more and more angry with the verdicts with each count.
As the convictions were announced, family members occasionally could be seen wiping their eyes with tissues and shaking their heads in disapproval. Many people had their heads in their hands or were wearing eye masks. Some exhibited overt displays of rage as they leaned in to converse with others.
The shooter admitted culpability last year for killing 17 people on February 14, 2018, at Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
November 1 has been set aside for sentence.
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