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Parkland shooter pleads guilty to 17 counts of murder

Nikolas Cruz has pleaded guilty to 17 counts of first-degree murder for the 2018 shooting massacre at a Florida high school.

23-year-old Cruz entered the plea which took place on February 14th, 2018.

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He was charged with 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder.

His attorneys announced his intention to plead guilty last week as they focus on attempting to avoid the death penalty.

Cruz will now go before 12 jurors, who will decide whether he should be sentenced to death.

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Cruz killed 14 students and three staff members on Valentine’s Day in 2018 during a seven minute shooting rampage in Parkland, Florida.

Investigators said he shot victims in the hallways and in classrooms with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle.

He had been expelled from the school a year earlier after a history of unusual, threatening and violent behaviour.

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