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Zachary Cruz, the brother of Parkland gunman Nikolas Cruz, on Thursday pleaded guilty to trespassing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the site of the Feb. 14 mass shooting.
Zachary Cruz pleaded no contest and will serve six months of probation, during which he cannot possess either firearms or ammunition.
He also cannot ever return to the Parkland school and must stay at least 1 mile away, Judge Melinda Brown ruled. In fact, he can only go onto a school campus if he is enrolled at that school.
Cruz also cannot have contact with any victims of the shootings, in which 17 people died and 17 others were injured, or their families.
Zachary Cruz’s release from the Broward County Jail could come as soon as today. He remained in custody as of 10:30 a.m.
“Today is a very good day for Zachary Cruz. His 10-day nightmare is over. This unlawful and unconstitutional confinement has ended. He’s going home, which is where he belongs,” Cruz’s lawyer, Joseph Kimok, said after the proceeding.
Judge Jack Tuter’s “extreme risk protection” order banning Cruz from possessing either weapons or ammunition was made at the request of the Broward sheriff’s office and comes as a result of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, signed into law this month by Gov. Rick Scott.