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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz formally acquired a sentence of life with out parole Wednesday after households of his 17 slain victims spent two days berating him as evil, a coward, a monster and a subhuman.

Cruz, shackled and in a pink jail jumpsuit, watched Judge Elizabeth Scherer however confirmed no emotion as she sentenced him to 17 consecutive life phrases for the Feb. 14, 2018, bloodbath at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in suburban Fort Lauderdale, and an extra 17 phrases for the tried murders of these he wounded.

Scherer had no different alternative; the jury in Cruz’s three-month penalty trial voted 9-3 on Oct. 13 to sentence him to dying, however Florida regulation requires unanimity for that sentence to be imposed.

Cruz acknowledged beneath questioning by the decide earlier than sentencing that he’s on medicine however might perceive what was occurring.

The sentencing got here after two days’ price of fogeys, wives, siblings and others of slain victims and among the surviving wounded strolling to a lectern 20 toes to tackle him face to face.

The decide counseled the households and wounded who testified, calling them sturdy, sleek and affected person.

“I know you are going to be OK, because you have each other,” Scherer stated.

The decide’s voice broke as she learn the primary of the 34 life sentences, however she her voice gained power and quantity she moved down the listing. Some mother and father and different relations wept as she learn.

Families and the wounded spent two days verbally thrashing Cruz, wishing him a painful demise in prison and lamenting that he couldn’t be sentenced to dying.

“Real justice would be done if every family here were given a bullet and your AR-15 and we got to pick straws, and each one of us got to shoot one at a time at you, making sure that you felt every bit of it, and your fear continued to mount until the last family member who pulled that last straw had the privilege of making sure that they killed you,” stated Linda Beigel Schulman, mom of instructor Scott Beigel. “That’s real justice for you.”

Beigel Schulman stated she takes some consolation in figuring out that Cruz is headed to a maximum-security prison the place he may have to fear continually about his security for the remainder of his life.

“From what I hear, child killers are highly frowned upon and hated in prison,” Beigel Schulman stated to Cruz. “I welcome the day that I’m told that you’ve been tortured and taken out for your cold-blooded, premediated, calculated, heinous murders, because you deserve no less.”

David Alhadeff, the uncle of Alyssa Alhadeff, instructed Cruz through Zoom from his classroom in Maryland that he deserves “the opportunity to rot away.”

“You deserve the opportunity to absorb the look of terror on your face once you leave this courtroom,” Alhadeff stated. “You deserve the opportunity of knowing that justice will prevail at some point, causing you great anguish, minute by minute, day by day.”

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