Parkland school shooter to get life sentence for killing 17

Nikolas Cruz
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz tugs at his shirt collar as he is seated at the defense table for the verdict in his trial at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, Pool)

By TERRY SPENCER
Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz will be sentenced to life without parole for the 2018 massacre of 17 people at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

That sentence comes after the jury announced Thursday that it could not unanimously agree that Cruz should be executed.

The decision ends a three-month trial that included graphic videos and photos, and heart-wrenching testimony from victims’ family members.

Many family members shook their heads, looked angry or covered their eyes as the jury’s decision was read. Some parents sobbed as they left court.

A judge will formally sentence Cruz on Nov. 1.