But the State Attorney's Office wouldn't take capital punishment off the table, listing seven "aggravating factors" that a jury can use to justify ordering Cruz's execution for the February 14 shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
The shooting has sparked a fierce national debate over gun rights, with numerous student survivors vowing to push for gun control regulations so that the shooting they lived through might be the last.
The State filed notice in the Circuit Court of the 17th Judicial District on Tuesday, according to WSVN-TV.
Tony Montalto, whose daughter was one of the 17 killed at Stoneman Douglas, asked commissioners at a Tuesday public hearing to put the proposals before voters.
Florida prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old man accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school last month, according to a notice of intent filed by Broward State Attorney Michael Satz. He said they need to act because the National Rifle Association has filed a lawsuit against the new law approved by the Legislature.
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Cruz, 19, was previously indicted on 17 counts of first-degree premeditated murder by a Broward County grand jury. After surgeries, his condition was upgraded to fair, his attorney and the hospital said. If Cruz is convicted, the only other possible sentence he can serve is life in prison without parole.
But this week he failed to follow up on plans to ban the sale of assault rifles, or the sale of any type of gun to those under 21.
The family's attorney says that after surgeries, his intestinal area has been sealed off. Alex Arreaza says the student is breathing on his own after being taken off a ventilator.
Nikolas Cruz is a former student at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. A plea deal is still possible despite Tuesday's court filing.
"Our kids are not asking to do away with the 2nd Amendment".