Florida Governor Ron DeSantis voiced his displeasure that Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz is being treated the same as criminals who broke the law, and should receive more harsh judgement.
DeSantis said Cruz should be treated as a person who committed a premeditated mass killing, not a regular criminal.
"I think that if you have a death penalty at all, that that is a case, where you’re massacring those students, with premeditation and utter disregard for humanity, that you deserve the death penalty," DeSantis said.
"The jury's decision came after seven hours of deliberations over two days, ending a three-month trial that included graphic videos and photos from the massacre and its aftermath, heart-wrenching testimony from victims' family members and a tour of the still blood-spattered building," reported Fox. "The decision left many families of the victims angered, baffled and in tears."
"DeSantis said Cruz’s life sentence means that he will get the same sentence as people who have committed bad acts but not at the level of premeditated mass murder," reported Fox.
"I just don’t think anything else is appropriate except a capital sentence in this case. And so, I was very disappointed to see that," DeSantis said.
DeSantis also criticized the amount of time it has taken since the shooting to reach a verdict.
"Under Florida law, a death sentence requires a unanimous vote on at least one count. While the jury found there were aggravating factors to warrant the death penalty for each victim, they also found mitigating factors. In the end, the jury could not agree that the aggravating factors outweighed the mitigating ones, so Cruz will get life without parole," reported Fox.
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