Attorney: Cruz to plead guilty to Parkland school massacre

A Parkland high school shooter is expected to plead guilty on Wednesday.

Posted: Oct 15, 2021 8:15 AM
Updated: Oct 15, 2021 8:17 AM

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The lawyers for accused Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz say he plans to plead guilty to the 2018 massacre at a Parkland high school.

The guilty plea would set up a penalty phase where the 23-year-old Cruz would be fighting against the death penalty and hoping for life without parole.

Cruz was not present Friday in the Broward County courtroom. The lawyers say the guilty pleas will be entered Wednesday.

The news brings some closure to a South Florida community more than three years after an attack that sparked a nationwide movement for gun control.

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