On Wednesday, February 14, a young man entered a Florida high school and opened fire, killing 17 people and injuring over a dozen more. The news of the shooting brought extreme heartache across the country, with thousands of people sharing their condolences on social media to the families affected by this tragedy.
In the wake of the attack, some disturbing details about the shooter came to life. Nikolas Cruz had been previously expelled from the school and had given several warning signs that he was capable of something like this.
The students that knew Cruz reportedly knew that he was dangerous and were not surprised to hear that he was the shooter. One former friend even said that Cruz used to talk excessively about weapons and would consistently threaten people around him.
Now, several weeks after the 19-year-old attacked the school, prosecutors have revealed the punishment that they are seeking for him. On Tuesday, prosecutors filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty, according to Fox News.
The formal arraignment for Cruz will take place on Wednesday. He is on a 34-count indictment, including 17 counts of premeditated murder and 17 counts of attempted murder.
Before prosecutors announced their pursuit, Cruz’s attorney said that if they did not seek the death penalty that Cruz would plead guilty. However, a plea deal could still be on the table, which would most likely result in life in prison with no possibility of parole.
Broward County Public Defender Howard Finkelstein had previously stated that he believes that the death penalty might be too far. He noted the amount of mental instability and violence that Cruz already possessed.
He said, “Because that’s what this case is about. Not, did he do it? Not, should he go free? Should he live or should he die.”
We will continue to update on this story after the court hearing on Wednesday. Meanwhile, what do you think about the punishment that the prosecutors are seeking? Let us know your thoughts, and please continue praying for the families of the victims of this attack. In other recent news, a Grammy-nominated musician just passed away at only 46 years old.