Parkland school shooter sentenced to life in prison without parole
A judge in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Wednesday formally sentenced Nikolas Cruz to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing 17 people in the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Cruz sat silently as Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer formally handed down the life sentence. The 24-year-old will be transferred to federal prison, where he will remain until his death.
The formal sentencing came a day after family members of the victims had a chance to directly address Cruz in court, unleashing their grief and anger.
Many wished him a painful death and expressed hope that he would be raped or killed in prison.