U.S. to pay $130 million to resolve claims over 2018 Parkland school shooting

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WASHINGTON, Nov 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. authorities has reached a settlement valued at about $130 million with the households of scholars and school who had been killed and injured through the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, a supply acquainted with the talks mentioned on Monday.

The settlement, as soon as finalized, would resolve litigation in search of to maintain the FBI accountable for its dealing with of ideas involving the teenage shooter.

Justice Department representatives didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

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The bloodbath, one of many deadliest school shootings in U.S. historical past, left 17 college students and workers members lifeless.

The accused gunman, former Parkland pupil Nikolas Cruz, pleaded responsible in a Florida courtroom final month to 17 counts of homicide and 17 counts of tried homicide. Cruz, 23, nonetheless faces a doable loss of life sentence.

Cruz was 19 and an expelled pupil on the time of the mass homicide.

“Although no resolution could ever restore what the Parkland families lost, this settlement marks an important step toward justice,” mentioned Kristina Infante of Podhurst Orseck, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, in a press launch.

Some survivors of the Parkland shooting shaped March for Our Lives, a gun security group that advocates for stricter firearm controls, together with stronger background checks and a ban on the kind of assault-style rifle that Cruz legally bought and used within the assault.

Parents of Parkland victims alleged in a 2018 lawsuit that FBI tip line staff acted negligently of their dealing with of ideas concerning Cruz’s said want to perform a school shooting and his rising assortment of assault-style rifles and ammunition.

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Reporting by Jan Wolfe; modifying by Sonya Hepinstall and Richard Pullin

Visitors view memorials at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, U.S. February 24, 2018. REUTERS/Joe Skipper/File Photo

A memorial is viewed by parents and students on campus at a memorial on the one year anniversary of the shooting which claimed 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, U.S., February 14, 2019.   REUTERS/Joe Skipper

Judge Elizabeth Scherer speaks to Nikolas Cruz and defense attorneys David Wheeler and Melisa McNeill, during Cruz's guilty plea at Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S., October 20, 2021. Amy Beth Bennett/Pool via REUTERS