Nikolas Cruz plans to plead guilty in Parkland school shooting

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Nikolas Cruz will plead guilty in the killing of 17 people in the Parkland, Florida, mass shooting, a defense attorney said in court Friday.

On Feb. 14, 2018, Cruz, then 19, gunned down 14 students and three staff members at his former school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He was taken into custody that day.

PHOTO: Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz looks at defense attorney David Wheeler at the Broward County Courthouse before pleading guilty on all four criminal counts for an attack on a Broward County jail guard, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Oct. 15, 2021.  (Amy Beth Bennett/Pool via Reuters)
PHOTO: Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz looks at defense attorney David Wheeler at the Broward County Courthouse before pleading guilty on all four criminal counts for an attack on a Broward County jail guard, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Oct. 15, 2021. (Amy Beth Bennett/Pool via Reuters)

Cruz on Friday pleaded guilty to charges in connection to his attack on a jail guard in 2018. When the judge asked Cruz how he was feeling, he responded "feeling alright," and confirmed that he is thinking clearly.

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Cruz's attorneys said he plans to plead guilty on Wednesday in connection to the Parkland massacre.

Fred Guttenberg, father of 14-year-old victim Jaime Guttenberg, tweeted Friday, "My only comment is to remember the victims. Remember Jaime. Rather than talk about the murderer."

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Manuel Oliver, father of 17-year-old victim Joaquin Oliver, told ABC News Live Friday, "I think it's time to put some -- speed it up a little bit. Every day is a new day that we suffer."

PHOTO: In this Feb.14, 2018 file photo people are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting at the school in Parkland, Fla. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images, FILE)
PHOTO: In this Feb.14, 2018 file photo people are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting at the school in Parkland, Fla. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images, FILE)

"I can’t wait for this to be over so I can move on, at least without the weight of not knowing what's gonna happen to this person," he said.

Oliver said he's "glad that in no way pleading guilty removes [the] death penalty from the table."

PHOTO: Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz enters the courtroom for a pre-trial hearing at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 27, 2020, for four criminal counts stemming from his alleged attack on a Broward jail guard in Nov. 2018. (Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images, FILE)
PHOTO: Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz enters the courtroom for a pre-trial hearing at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 27, 2020, for four criminal counts stemming from his alleged attack on a Broward jail guard in Nov. 2018. (Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images, FILE)

"The death penalty that Joaquin received was four shots with an AR-15 in the middle of his school. With kids dropping on the floor and bleeding out, screaming. That’s how my son died," he said. "I don’t know if he suffered or if he died immediately. I will never know that."

"That nightmare is not even close to what the worst punishment this guy will receive," he said.

A jury will decide if Cruz will get the death penalty.

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