On Febuary 14, 2018, Nikolas Cruz began shooting at students and staff of Stoneman Douglas High School in what turned out to be the deadliest school shooting in history surpassing the 13 victims of the horrific Colombine school shooting in 1999.
Cruz was later arrested and charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. This week in court, Cruzed changed his plea to guilty and will be sentenced to either life in prison or the death penalty, a choice Cruz says the families should be allowed to make. While that isn’t the case, he gave one final plea to those family members present.
Nikolas Cruz, the gunman responsible for killing 17 t Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, just made an impassioned plea to the victims’ families … he wants a 2nd chance.
Cruz addressed the families from a Florida courtroom Wednesday after changing his plea to guilty … he says he’s sorry for what he did and loves them.
Apparently its not easy to sleep at night when you commit such a horrible crime and its hard living with the consequences but he’ll get through somehow.
It’s kind of bizarre … Cruz then goes on a mini-rant about people smoking marijuana and doing drugs, which he says is “causing racism and violence out in the streets.” He also says he can’t bring himself to watch TV anymore.
Cruz is facing life in prison or the death penalty after pleading guilty to 34 counts — 17 premeditated murder and 17 attempted murder — but he says it should be up to the victims’ families to decide if he gets a death sentence.
For now he must wait until the jury decides his fate at his trial.
Cruz also pled guilty to assault and battery charges for an attack on a jail guard in 2018.