Nikolas Cruz, the individual behind the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, is facing the death penalty after being charged with seventeen counts of first-degree murder.
The grand jury returned with this indictment against the 19-year-old for the massacre on Valentine’s day in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 people dead and 16 wounded. Cruz’s public defender said that Cruz will plead guilty if the death penalty is taken off the table – but this will still result in a life in prison sentence.
Cruz has been spotted ‘smiling and giggling’ while being in isolation in prison, with individuals inside the prison describing him as ‘well groomed’ and with a ‘quiet demeanor’. He was also noted to ‘break out in laughter both during and immediately following his professional visit’.
As a response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the Florida House has passed a school safety bill, increasing the restrictions on the sale of rifles. This bill will raise the minimum age to purchase rifles from 18 to 21, and implement a waiting period on the sales of weapons. It will also create a guardian program, allowing school employees – including teachers – to carry handguns on premises if they complete law enforcement training and permitted by the school district.
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