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  1. Nov 1, 2022 · A sentencing hearing for Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz began Tuesday morning shortly before 9:30 a.m. ET. Victims and family members are sharing impact statements during the course...

  2. Nov 1, 2022 · WATCH LIVE: Parkland Mass Shooter Sentencing Hearing. A judge is expected to sentence the Parkland mass shooter Nikolas Jacob Cruz, 24, to life in prison in a sentencing hearing on Tuesday. Court beings at 9 a.m. ET.

  3. Oct 13, 2022 · Nikolas Cruz will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the February 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

    • Overview
    • 'We are broken': Family members lash out at shooter, his attorneys
    • 'Will it make me feel better?' One parent says he won't speak in court

    The sentencing of Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz began Tuesday with victims and family members sharing their heartbreak before him in court.

    A jury spared the 24-year-old from the death penalty last month, instead handing down a recommendation of life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2018 Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 14 students and three staff members.

    Survivors of the shooting and victims' loved ones had the chance to deliver impact statements before the sentence will be formally announced.

    With so many wishing to be heard, the actual sentencing is expected to take place Wednesday, according to the Broward State Attorney’s Office.

    Stacey Lippel, a teacher at Parkland who was shot and survived, told Cruz: “You don’t know me but you tried to kill me."

    "I will have a scar on my arm and the memory of you pointing your gun at me ingrained in my brain forever," she said before the court, looking the shooter in the eyes.

    She said she's left with feelings of horror and guilt.

    “Horror at the memories of what you left behind in your wake and the guilt that I am left with because I wish I could’ve done more to save my co-workers and students who you killed," she said.

    Judge Elizabeth Scherer called Lippel a hero and thanked her for her service in trying to protect students.

    Debbi Hixon, the widow of Chris Hixon, a teacher who ran into the school to try to stop the shooter, told the gunman: “I hope that your name and existence are erased from society.”

    Fred Guttenberg, the father of shooting victim Jaime Guttenberg, 14, said on Twitter that he won’t give an impact statement at the hearing, saying, “Will it make me feel better?”

    "I have decided that it simply won’t change reality or the way I feel. It won’t make me feel better. The reality is that I will still visit Jaime at the cemetery and the monsters fate will not change. It has already been decided," he wrote.

    "My future will no longer be dependent on the need to get through a criminal trial and wondering what will happen. That has been decided," he explained. "My life is no longer dependent on the outcome of this trial and delivering another impact statement will not make me feel better and so I will not be doing so today."

    The jury’s recommendation of life in prison last month was met with tears and outrage by family members of the victims, with many saying the shooter deserved the death penalty.

    The 12-person jury had to unanimously agree to back a death sentence. In the three-month penalty trial, the defense argued the gunman was mentally ill and should be spared.

    The gunman pleaded guilty in October 2021 to 17 counts of murder in the massacre.

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    • Marlene Lenthang
  4. Jul 20, 2022 · More videos from the day of mass shooting at the Parkland, Florida, high school were presented to the trial jury at the sentencing hearing on Tuesday.

  5. Jul 22, 2022 · Attorneys for Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz open the second day of the sentencing trial with an objection to video evidence presented by the prosecution.

  6. Jul 19, 2022 · Prosecutors in the Parkland, Florida high school shooting showed the jury a video shot by convict Nikolas Cruz and underlined the “cold, calculated, cruel and heinous” murders carried out by ...

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