A jury has recommended that the shooter who killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

source:the morning call 

Nikolas Cruz, 24, pleaded guilty last year to 17 charges of premeditated murder and 17 counts of attempted murder. 

source:daily mail

The question facing jurors now was whether Cruz would spend the rest of his life in prison or be sentenced to death.

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The jury unanimously found that there had been aggravating factors in the murders Cruz committed.

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But at least one juror concluded that for each murder, the aggravating factors did not outweigh mitigating circumstances in his case

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and thus the death penalty is not merited — resulting in the recommendation of a life sentence.

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Several people in the courtroom – including families of the victims — shook their heads in disbelief

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and had tears in their eyes as it became clear that the jury had recommended a life sentence for Cruz rather than the death penalty.

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The decide inside the case, Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer, can not overrule the jury's choice. Florida abolished demise sentences by means of judicial override in 2016.

source:daily mail