US school shooter faces death penalty at sentencing trial

On Monday, a teenager who killed 17 people at his old high school in Parkland, Florida, will stand trial. The jury’s decision will determine whether to impose the death penalty or a life sentence.

On Valentine’s Day in 2018, Nikolas Cruz entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with an AR-15 assault weapon and killed 17 students and staff members.

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Cruz, who was 19 years old at the time, has already entered a plea of guilty to 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted murder for those who were hurt in the massacre.

To determine his sentence, a trial is being held. Cruz will receive life without the possibility of parole if the jury does not reach a unanimous verdict in favor of the death penalty.

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