TODAY: MAGA Hat-Wearing Parkland Mass Shooter To Plead Guilty In Bid To Avoid Death Sentence [VIDEO]

Miami’s CBS News affiliate reports:

It’s a day many in the Parkland community and across South Florida have been waiting for. On Wednesday, confessed Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz is expected to plead guilty to all charges stemming from the February 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — the deadliest high school shooting in US history. “We’re asking the court to impose sentence on Wednesday on counts 18-24 in the Parkland case to 17 consecutive life sentences,” his attorney David Wheeler told the judge.

Judge Scherer noted Cruz, now 23, could change his mind before the start of his plea hearing which begins at 9:30 a.m. If he does plead guilty and Judge Scherer accepts it, it would move the case to the penalty phase where Cruz’s lawyers would focus on fighting a possible death sentence. Defense attorneys are hoping to avoid the death penalty and will likely present Cruz’s history of mental illness to jurors, attempting to argue for a life sentence instead.

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