On February 14, 2018, tragedy struck in our backyard. Nikolas Jacob Cruz, an ex-student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school arrived in an Uber armed and ready to fire at countless students. He carried a semi-automatic rifle with at least 6 magazines that contain 30 bullets in each and 180 bullets left after he finished is massacre. To be more specific, his weapon was the AR-15.
An attorney for Cruz said that he will plea guilty to all the charges if the death penalty is removed from the table. But, Broward County State Attorney, Michael Satz, filed formal notice on Tuesday that prosecutors will seek the capital punishment. Cruz sat in court once again emotionless, and silent in his orange jumpsuit and shackles. He claimed he was absolutely sorry for everything he has committed. On the other hand, his attitude towards everything speaks for itself. He is being held in Broward County jail in isolation.
If he were to get life in prison, he would have no chance of parole and he would spend the rest of his days behind bars. A normal life sentence is usually around 25-30 years with a possible chance of parole. He has a 34-count indictment. Cruz showed many warning signs that he is mentally unstable and possible of being a violent young man. People argue that the death penalty for him is a little too far. If Cruz were to receive the death penalty, the process takes about 15 years.