United States

Nikolas Cruz pleads guilty for Parkland high school shootout 

20:25, 20 October 2021
Nikolas Cruz pleads guilty for Parkland high school shootout  Photo: pixabay.com

Nikolas Cruz who is responsible for the killing of 17 people and then pretended to be insane in order to avoid punishment pled guilty to 17 counts of murder and 17 more of attempted murder.

Cruz who is now 23-years-old commited the crime back in 2018.

He currently faces either life imprisonment or a death sentence.

The prosecutors said that they will pursue the death sentence for the killer while the defence team seeks a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Cruz’s case became known all around the world after a video of his interview with a police officer in detention where he tried to fool the officer into thinking that he was hunted by demons went viral.

During the latest trial Cruz responded to the Judge’s questions with "yes ma'am" and "no ma'am".

When asked whether he understands what is going on he said yes adding that he is experiencing anxiety but however is nevertheless able to proceed.

He then responded “guilty” to all of the 34 presented charges ending with a speech where he said sorry to the victims and their families.

"I am very sorry for what I did, and I have to live with it every day. If I were to get a second chance, I would do everything in my power to try to help others," he said.

 "I am doing this for you, and I do not care if you do not believe me. And I love you, and I know you don't believe me, but I have to live with this every day, and it brings me nightmares and I can't live with myself sometimes, but I try to push through because I know that's what you guys would want me to do,” he continued.

"I hate drugs, and I believe this country would do better if everyone would stop smoking marijuana and doing all these drugs and causing racism and violence out in the streets. I'm sorry, and I can't even watch TV anymore. And I'm trying my best to maintain my composure, and I just want you to know I'm really sorry, and I hope you give me a chance to try to help others. I believe it's your decision to decide where I go, and whether I live or die. Not the jury's. I believe it's your decision. I'm sorry," he added.

The judge responded asking whether he understands that the legal power lies in the hands of the jury and not the families of the victims.

"What I meant was I believe they should have the right to choose, the victims themselves, on whether I should take life or death," Cruz responded.

The shooting in Parkland by Cruz remains the deadliest high school shooting in the US’ history.