Parkland Shooter Expected To Plead Guilty

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I’m not going to give his name. I won’t do anything to help increase the fame–or infamy–of these morons, but the Parkland Shooter will soon be headed to court.

Frankly, it’s about time.

So what’s going to happen? Well, it looks like he’ll be pleading guilty, actually.

The man accused of carrying out the 2018 mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, will plead guilty to killing 17 people, bringing the yearslong case a step closer to its resolution, one that could end with a jury sentencing him to death.

The development, announced during a Friday morning court hearing, comes more than three and a half years after the Valentine’s Day shooting unfolded at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that led to a massive uprising among young people over gun control and a national debate about school safety measures. The 23-year-old man, a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, plans to plead guilty to 17 counts of premeditated murder and 17 counts of attempted murder during a court hearing Wednesday.

The suspect, who made a court appearance in plainclothes Friday, pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated battery in a separate incident after he was accused of assaulting a police officer while being held inside a Fort Lauderdale jail nine months after the shooting.

The tragedy, one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history, resulted in the deaths of 14 students and three faculty members.

The guilty plea comes without an agreement with prosecutors and a jury will ultimately decide the suspected gunman’s fate. Prosecutors argue the suspect should receive the death penalty while his defense seeks 17 consecutive life sentences. The trial is expected to be held in January.

Now, I have to be honest. I’ve got mixed feelings on this one.

On one hand, there was never much doubt about his guilt. Too many people saw him and recognized him as he carried out the awful events of that day.

On the other, a trial would have potentially given us some answers about the (alleged) killer’s motive. Why try to slaughter an entire school?

The problem we have with mass shootings is that we simply can’t understand them. It’s not that we don’t get it, we just can’t. Not with the information we have, anyway. That’s because these atrocities are so far outside the norm that none of us can find a way to relate to what happened. We can intellectually understand killing for love, money, or in a rage. We get that.

But what happened at Parkland was something different, and we need answers.

Then again, there’s no guarantee that we’d have gotten them. We didn’t after the Aurora theater shooting, either.

Whether the turdnugget gets life or the death penalty doesn’t really matter to me. No sentence will bring those 17 souls back from the dead, and punishment has never seemed to deter these kinds of attacks. So long as this twit isn’t able to carry out another atrocity, I’m good.

But good on Yahoo! News for not mentioning the individual’s name either. May this start to become the journalistic norm moving forward.

Dec 08, 2021 12:30 PM ET