Ron DeSantis Responds After Nikolas Cruz Receives Sentence
(RepublicanPress.org) – On Thursday, October 12, a jury recommended a life sentence without the possibility of parole for Nikolas Cruz, 24, after it could not reach a unanimous decision on the death penalty. He previously pleaded guilty to shooting and killing 17 people and injuring 17 others at a Parkland, Florida, high school in February 2018. As one might expect, controversy raged in the wake of the panel’s recommendation to spare the killer’s life. Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) quickly joined the chorus of voices expressing disappointment.
DeSantis held a press conference minutes after the jury reached delivered its recommendation. The governor told reporters a defendant who massacred students with “premeditation” and complete “disregard for basic humanity” deserves to receive the death penalty.
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
DeSantis explained that because the jury could not render a unanimous recommendation for the death, the mass murderer will end up serving the same sentence as people who “committed bad acts” that did not rise to the same level of brutality. The governor added that he didn’t think any sentence other than a “capital sentence” was “appropriate.”
Gov. DeSantis also railed against the fact it took 4 1/2 years to reach a verdict. He pointed out that at one time, it only took six months to execute a murderer. Now, it takes “years and years in this legal system that is not serving the interests of victims.”
Some individuals close to the case also reacted in frustration after learning about Cruz’s sentence. The father of one of the victims suggested on Twitter that the decision was unfair, saying Cruz will receive protection and the ability to enjoy basic pleasures like reading and phone calls, even though his victims “suffered in fear” before he killed them.
What did you think of the jury’s recommendation?
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