The individual who was guilty of killing 17 people in 2018 should be given the death penalty, according to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R), who stated this during a press conference held on Thursday, before the jury returned its judgment. DeSantis is a Republican.
DeSantis has been very vocal about his disapproval of the drawn-out court procedure. He expressed his dissatisfaction with the fact that it took more than four years to reach a verdict, despite the fact that everyone knew he was guilty.
His words were spoken just a few minutes before the jurors made their decision to spare Cruz's life.
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
He said that the killer deserved the death punishment because he had planned the killing of the students and had shown total disdain for humanity. I'm particularly dismayed to learn that, 4.5 years after these murders, we're just just now getting this information. You are aware that they used to do this; he would have been put to death within a half year. Even if everyone has known from the beginning that he is guilty, the judicial process continues to drag on for years and years despite the fact that it does not serve the interests of the victims.
On February 14, 2018, Cruz entered a guilty plea to the charges that he was responsible for the deaths of 14 students and three members of the faculty at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School.
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