FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Parents of those killed in the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, left the courtroom in tears on Thursday after the jury said it could not unanimously agree that the gunman should be executed.Nikolas Cruz, now 24, will be sentenced to life without parole for murdering 14 students and three staff members and wounding 17 others on Feb. 14, 2018. He previously pleaded guilty a year ago to the crimes and said he chose Valentine’s Day to make it impossible for Stoneman Douglas students to celebrate the holiday ever again."I'm disgusted with those jurors.
I'm disgusted with the system that you can allow 17 dead and 17 others shot and wounded, and not get the death penalty," Dr. Ilan Alhadeff, the father of 14-year-old Parkland victim Alyssa Alhadeff, said after the verdict. "What do we have the death penalty for? What is the purpose of it?" Alhadeff questioned. "I pray that that animal suffers every day of his life in jail."(L) Dr.
Ilan Alhadeff, the father of 14-year-old Parkland victim Alyssa Alhadeff, speaks to news reporters on Oct. 13, 2022. (R) Gena Hoyer reacts as she awaits the verdict at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
(Photos by FOX The jury’s recommendation came after seven hours of deliberations over two days, ending a three-month trial that included graphic videos, photos, and testimony from the massacre and its aftermath, heart-wrenching testimony from victims’ family members, and a tour of the still blood-spattered high school building.Under Florida law, a death sentence requires a unanimous vote on at least one count. Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer will formally issue the life sentences on Nov. 1.