Nikolas Cruz, the armed teenager who shot and killed 17 people at a high school in Florida last month, faces the death penalty, prosecutors said Tuesday.
State Attorney Michael Satz notified a Broward County court that prosecutors are trying to impose the death penalty for the 19-year-old murderer, who stormed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and methodically killed his former colleagues. class and teachers on February 14.
Cruz's public defender has argued that he suffers from a serious mental illness, promising to plead guilty if prosecutors agree not to seek the death penalty.
The only other option on the table for Cruz is life imprisonment with no possibility of parole. The public defender, Howard Finkelstein, did not immediately comment on Satz's announcement.
Nikolas Cruz saw smiling and laughing & # 39; in Broward County Jail
Satz's statement states that prosecutors will consider Cruz's expert mental health testimony provided it is filed at least 20 days before the trial.
Due to Florida's mild gun laws, Cruz was able to legally purchase the AR-15 assault rifle he used to carry out his senseless attack.
The horrible massacre of Valentine's Day has caused renewed calls to reinforce arms control throughout the country.
Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who had previously been much loved by the National Rifle Association, outraged the powerful lobby when he signed a landmark bill on Friday that raises the legal age for the sale of 18 a 21. Defenders of gun control have indicated that Cruz would not have been able to obtain his military-grade assault rifle if the law had already been approved. place.
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