This past Valentine’s Day was the fourth anniversary of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 students. We’d lost track of the shooter, Nikolas Cruz, but on Thursday, three jurors said they could not recommend the death penalty for Cruz, and so the recommendation ended up being life in prison without parole. CNN reports that the one “hard no” on the death penalty cited Cruz’s alleged mental illness as the reason for her opposition.
A lot of parents of victims are calling this a travesty of justice, and among them is Gov. Ron DeSantis:
WATCH: @GovRonDeSantis slammed the life sentence recommendation for Parkland school shooter.
‘You deserve the death penalty.’ pic.twitter.com/YF3StNJMe1
— Brendon Leslie (@BrendonLeslie) October 13, 2022
….in the public square
— The Dank Knight 🦇 (@capeandcowell) October 13, 2022
Former Sheriff Scott Israel should also be tarred and feathered in the public square.
💯 spot on. The system is NOT serving but failing victims.
— Milenka~ (@MilenaAmit) October 13, 2022
I agree. The juror should have recused himself. His decision was not about the facts of this case but rather his opposition to the death penalty.
— Beth Estes (@bethestesfitnes) October 13, 2022
Lethal injection. Painless. Good night
— William Wondernuts™️ (@WWonderNuts) October 13, 2022
Wow! So true.. disgraceful.. I hope that one juror never sees this pain..
— Audrey (@souffan21) October 13, 2022
To the 1 person who held out I hope you live the rest of your life in shame once you realize no one with a heart agrees with your cowardice.
— Boink (@b0inkSwatter) October 13, 2022
He took 17 innocent lives yet he DESERVES to live 🤔.
— Dolores Czeszel (@czeszel_dolores) October 13, 2022
He’s so right on this.
— Elaine P (@Epado59) October 13, 2022
Is he wrong? You consider this a slam I consider this the truth
— $hitCoin$hawn (S.A.V) (@burghlife48) October 13, 2022
Should have been quick trial and quick execution.
The one juror should explain what criminal act does deserve capital punishment.
— JohnCT/FL (@John61926629) October 13, 2022
He’s going to have to remain in protective custody the rest of his life. If they were to put him in general population who knows how that would turn out.
— Dennis Wittrock (@rockhawk777) October 13, 2022
Everyone knows how that would turn out
— Mike C (@itixx) October 13, 2022
Amazing … if you can’t get the death penalty for gunning down 17 innocent students, what’s the death penalty for?
Here’s more video:
The only appropriate sentence for the massacre of 17 innocent people is the death penalty. That the jury had a single holdout refuse to authorize a capital sentence represents a miscarriage of justice.
My prayers are with the Parkland families. pic.twitter.com/f2M0Fw1SLo
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) October 13, 2022
Parkland father and school safety activist Ryan Petty calls out ‘charlatan’ David Hogg’s ‘absolute revisionist history’ https://t.co/yVwUAiONoJ
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 30, 2022