Parkland school shooting: Why was the gunman spared from the death penalty?

It was the deadliest mass shooting to arrive at a jury preliminary in the US, and on a day that was at that point high in feeling, numerous families left the court in Florida on Thursday confounded and in tears.

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"We are simply stunned by this outcome and it is so treacherous," Lynn Chen, a cousin of Parkland casualty Peter Wang, said. "How might he experience another day?"

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The jury's choice to suggest life in jail and not the death penalty for Nikolas Cruz - who shot dead 17 individuals at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018 - started a profound clamor from the casualties' family members who had gathered in the court.

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"This creature is as yet going to have life in jail without any chance to appeal," one mother, Linda Schulman, said. "I truly want to believe that he has had the apprehension in him his entire life. Why do we have the death penalty by any means?"

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Three of the 12 members of the jury cast a ballot to save the gunman following the condemning preliminary. Under Florida regulation, a consistent choice is required for somebody to be executed.

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"It was an over-the-top straight-ahead thriller. The Mummy ought to be a roller coaster, yet all at once not frightening and unnerving."

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He added: "I know that it is so hard to pull it off. I attempted to do it multiple times.".

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In the event that solitary legal hearer dissent, the litigant is condemned to live in jail without the chance of parole. The 24-year-old Parkland gunman currently faces this.

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Jury foreman, Benjamin Thomas let CBS Miami know that he didn't decide in favor of lifelong incarceration and is "not content with how [the sentencing] turned out".

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"It truly boiled down to a particular member of the jury who accepted [the gunman] was deranged," he said. "She didn't accept that since he's deranged he ought to get the death penalty."

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"There was one member of the jury with a hard no - she was unable to make it happen," he said. "Also, there were another two that wound up casting a ballot the same way."

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